The Henie Onstad Kunstsenter is located in the beautiful park and recreation area of Høvikodden on the Oslo fjord peninsula, surrounded by public trails, wharfs and shorelines. Our sculptures have close ties to HOK’s exhibition history and are responsive to this scenic setting.
Towering at the sculpture park's entrance is Arnold Haukeland's Sun Sculpture from 1970. The sculpture was commissioned by Niels Onstad in memory of Sonja Henie. The park also houses the sculptures Jordkrefter, Runes and Nattens fugl by Haukeland.
Just outside the entrance to the Kunstsenter is Per Inge Bjørlos' Larger Body, 2003. Bjørlos' sculpture was donated by the DNB Savings Bank Foundation, who, through a generous contribution, also supported three new commissioned sculptures located in the sculpture park: two by Camilla Løw and one by Camille Norment in 2011. Løw's sculptures, Neon Winter and Social Geometry, consist of colourful squares.
Camille Norment's 8- channel sound sculpture Within the Toll changes with the weather and seasons.
Its ambient sound echoes near three works located on the adjacent grassy slope: Eugène Dodeigne's The War from 1964; and two classical sculptures by Kai Nielsen, Mother of Water, 1914-1918 and Zeus and Io, 1918-1920.
Elegantly poised on the beach by the water’s edge is Emile Giliolis' sleek 1961 sculpture, Spirit, water and blood. Not far from the beach is Henry Moore's Standing Figure. Knife Edge, from the same year. Moore’s sculpture was acquired after Henie Onstad organized a major retrospective exhibition of his work in 1975. The artist fell in love with Høvikodden’s park, and this enthusiasm eventually led Niels Onstad and the Norwegian Art Council to acquire the sculpture. At the artist's request, it was placed on the terrace behind the kunstsenter, facing the water.
Other notable sculptures in the park include Terry Haass' Hommage à Anna-Eva Bergman from 1993, Aase Texmon Rygh's Volta from 1978 and Odd Tandberg's sculpture Untitled from 1975.
In addition, the public can experience the sculptures originating from the Borealis 2: Position North festival, which took place in 1985. During this time, ten Nordic artists were commissioned to create sculptural works for the terrain around Høvikodden. Touring the nearby forests and beaches, one can discover Bård Breivik's A Wall Cut Through, Per Kirkeby's Sculpture brick, Bjørn Nørgaard's Ragnarokk for 117 time, Jan Håfström's Landscape Memorial, Sigurdur Gudmundsson's Position North, and Tony Craggs' House.
The partnership with the DNB Savings Bank Foundation has also resulted in a new outdoor concert stage, constructed during the Kunstsenter's 40th anniversary in 2008. This outdoor stage has become a lynch pin of Henie Onstad’s interdisciplinary programme of sound, performance art and dance.
Close to the outdoor stage is Trygve Fredriksen's oft-photographed Filipstad Banana from 1952. The large-scale banana sculpture was originally commissioned as an advertisement for the roof of a banana-ripening warehouse, the Banana-Mathiesen in Filipstad Kaia. It has now become a landmark of Oslo and is preserved at Høvikodden as a monument to pop art.