Per Kristian Nygård crams a grassy valley into an Oslo gallery

Norwegian artist Per Kristian Nygård attempted to bring the outside inside with this installation that involved building grassy mounds inside an Oslo gallery (+ slideshow). The artist told Dezeen the work was “seemingly meaningless and confusing – as a contrast to the all-encompassing meaningful and personalised we surround ourselves with, for example the programmed urban environment, the functional objects and architecture”. The green landscape, with patches of soil visible and wispy blades of grass, appeared at one stage to be growing up the sides of the white gallery walls. The grass seed sprouted in the damp soil over the duration of the exhibition, and the lawn was tended and watered daily to create a moist growing environment. Per Kristian Nygård   created the work, named Not Red But Green, for the white-space setting of Oslo’s   No Place   gallery. Related story: Olafur Eliasson fills modern art museum with “giant landscape” of rocksThe Trondheim-based installation artist – whose work explores the limitations and possibilities of space – constructed the unlikely landscape as an antithesis   to the organised architectural environment. Smaller hills rose and fell around a row of narrow windows, so as not to block the sunlight from the space. Photography is by Jason Olav Benjamin Havneraas. At one side, the soil sloped away to make space for the gallery’s   wood-burning stove.

Updated: 29.11.2014 — 23:12