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Statue of the week 62

June 21, 2014

Oops, I missed a week. Never mind there’s two entries this week.

We return this week to Aker Brygge. This statue is of Aasta Hansteen and is located near where the ferries depart and the shopping centre. Aasta (1824 – 1908) was the first woman in Norway to train professionally as an artist. She was also the first woman in Norway to give a public lecture and wrote several books. She was criticised and ridiculed by many at the time for her beliefs and actions. Later she was a source of inspiration for the women’s movement. This statue of her was sculpted by Nina Sundbye and erected in 1986. Aasta also has a street named after her in Oslo. 019 021 022

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