Munch Museum Island


Munch Museum Island is a collaboration between British Artist Tracey Emin and J & L Gibbons. The newly commissioned artwork, The Mother and its island landscape, will be installed on the Oslo harbour in 2021 coinciding with the construction of the city’s new Munch Museum, funded by the Oslo Municipality Art Programme.


The Mother is a nine-metre high bronze statue of a kneeling naked woman to be positioned at the historic mouth of the Akerselva river and visible from across the harbour. The island on which it sits is made porous and absorbent, contoured with graded growing media to create a coastal ecology in an area currently designated an ecological desert. This ‘seed bed’ will become a dynamic habitat supporting urban bee pollination and coastal birdlife with niches of shelter created by the bronze. The meadow is being advanced procured from local provenance seed, and will be defined by recycled blue limestone to mirror the natural geology of the Oslofjord.

Image 5: 'Meeting in a Meadow' a workshop on urban bee pollination, hosted by Landscape Learn at Hovedøya Kunstsal.




PROJECT INFO

Client Kulturetaten, The Agency for Cultural Affairs Oslo
Location Oslo, Norway
Date 2018-ongoing
Area 0.13ha
Trees planted 19


CREDITS

Landscape Architect and Lead Consultant
J & L Gibbons
Artist Tracey Emin
Landscape Architect Holo & Holo Landskapsarkitektur
Engineer Ramboll
Engineer for Art Commission Pryce & Myers
Lighting Design Studio Dekka
Soil Scientist Tim O'Hare Associates
Landscape Management Land Management Services
Photography © J & L Gibbons, KUL, KID