Public warms up to contested park

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PHOTO FEATURE: “Fantastic,” “monumental” and “bordello” are among phrases tossed about in Norwegian media lately to describe the new Ekeberg Park opening this week in Oslo. See some of it yourself in this series of photos taken before all the official ceremonies began. Click on the photos here and over your mouse over them to read caption information.

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With just over 30 sculptures mounted at scenic viewpoints, tucked into the trees or even hung in them, the park also offers open space, lots of new benches and improved, lighted trails for strolling or contemplation, all perched on an easily accessible hilltop minutes from downtown.

Ekebergparken (The Ekeberg Park) has been hotly debated for years, with critics claiming it would damage the historic forests at Ekeberg and commercialize an area that’s been been preserved as a “green lung” for Oslo since the late 1800s. Now that it’s open, however, public sentiment seems to be shifting in favour of the park.

ALL PHOTOS: newsinenglish.no

For more on the development of the park, click here.

For more photos and practical information on the park, visit its own website here (external link).