Edvard Munch in Snow and Ice Oslo 2011
Call for Artists,
For The World Ski Championships 2011 in Oslo we will create a breathtaking exhibition in snow and ice on the main street of Oslo; Karl Johan. We are inviting you to send a proposal of a sculpture in snow or ice using the work of Edvard Munch. You will have to transform Munchs 2-dimensional work into 3-dimentional. The sculpture must interpret his work as close to his intent as possible.
The exhibition area will be between The Royal Castle and the Parliament. The exhibition will be in the street close to large and architecturally very "present" buildings. That means we have to work in a scale that makes them visible, and at the same time approachable on the other hand. We will make snow blocks to carve on site and ice will come in blocks that you assemble into your preferred size for carving. We make snow in cubes of 3*3*3 meters, expandable in sections of 1.5 meter and 3 meters. We consider snow sculptures around 4.5 meters in height to be desirable. Final selection of artists will be made by the Artistic Committee of "Oslo 2011", their decision is final.
Currently we are looking for 8-12 artists to make one sculpture each. You are free to select and make a proposal of any work by Edvard Munch, but we are also looking for a "Madonna" and a "Scream". If you propose a "Scream" in ice it would be expected that it is made on a pedestal that the viewer can walk up on and get his photograph taken, but large enough to be seen at a long distance.
We wonder if any would like to take the challenge of making a long bridge 9-15 meters in snow with "the girls on the bridge" in ice on top, maybe with a blue glowing sea underneath? The audience must be able to walk on the bridge.
We are open to projects using photograhs and ice.
We will have an experienced team with necessary tools ready to help you realize your project.
Safety for spectators are very important, as we are expecting 30 000 spectators each night. In your proposal please include your thoughts and considerations concerning this matter. It is important that the sculptures can be viewed and touched. Hopefully the sculptures will stand during the whole event which ends on march 6th, so take this into consideration while planning your sculpture.
We start working the snow and ice on the 17th of February. The sculptures must be finished by midnight on the 23rd of February.
Schedule of Events
NOVEMBER 1ST 2010 Deadline for proposal
17th of February 2011 Arrival in Oslo; Chech in and Introdution to Project
17th of February Start making snow cubes. Ice arrives. Start working
23rd of February @ 2400 hrs. Sculptures finished. Clean up around the sculptures
Your proposal must include:
5 pictures of previous work in snow/ice
Picture of Edvard Munch piece you are working with
Drawings of your proposal from different angels or a model
What you require as far as tools, helping hands, snow and ice to successfully complete your work.
Safety considerations, also during melt down.
Back-up plan in case of severe weather conditions
Terms of Condition:
Honorarium of up NOK 40 000.- (That must include all your travel costs)
Free room and board during the project
2 excellent and experienced assistants that we provide or you can bring your own team. If you bring your own team we can provide them with a honorarium of NOK 10 000.-(must include their travel expenses) each for up to 2 persons including room and board. If you bring more than 2 assistants you must provide for them yourselves.
We provide ordinary tools as shovels, axes, chainsaws(for the experienced only) and such. Please bring your own personal tools as needed. No ice carving tools available.
You are considered an independent contractor and must carry your own insurance in case of an accident.
Snow and ice will be provided on site, but you and your team must help out making the snow cubes and build the ice as you need. Necessary machinery will be on site, but consider the high demand the 1st 24 hours. You and your team are expected to help out in case needed when you are finished with your sculpture. The event is considered a team effort.
Project language is English/Norwegian
Send all questions and proposals to Project Manager; Ole Morten Rokvam on mail: olerokvam (at) yahoo.com or phone (47) 48 19 30 05
Mark all mail: SKI VM 2011
View of Karl Johan with the Royal Castle in the Background. On the left is the "University Plaza" where there will be concerts and ceremonies every night. The streets will be closed for cars and we have 2 blocks to work with our sculptures.