The City of Oslo is spending NOK 2 million (USD 222,000) on artistic lighting exhibits from around Europe this coming weekend. Billed as a “free” event for the public, it’s officially meant to help light up the darkness that’s now setting in earlier after daylight savings time ended during the weekend.
It’s questionable whether the light exhibits due to click on along Oslo’s waterfront promenade from November 1-3 will ease any of the gloom from the city’s latest batch of controversial property tax bills that were due last week. The city politician in charge of culture, Rina Mariann Hansen of the Labour Party, told newspaper Aftenposten that the city “had some extra cultural funds” for urban projects, and justifies spending tax kroner on artistic light since it provides “an exciting offer” and opportunity to experience art outdoors.
The artistic lighting projects are being created by atists from France, Belgium, Estonia, Russia, and Hungary as well as Norway. They’ll be placed along the waterfront at Aker Brygge, the plaza in front of City Hall and under the Akershus Fortress. They’ll be on exhibit from Friday through Sunday, from 6pm to 11 pm each evening.