Andrea Arntzen’s Hus at Oslo and Akershus University College of Applied Science

Andrea Arntzen’s Hus at Oslo and Akershus University College of Applied Sciences (HiOA) contains a small number of very striking artworks, all of which in different ways are linked to the themes of education and nursing.

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  • Detalj. Tekstilene kommer på plass i 2015., Annika Ekdahl. Photographer: Annika Ekdahl
  • Lying low / male nude, Christine Aspelund.
  • Lying low / male nude, Christine Aspelund.
  • Detalj. Tekstilene kommer på plass i 2015., Annika Ekdahl.
  • Arbeid på LED -vegg, Bård Ask.
  • Prosess. Tekstilene kommer på plass i 2015., Annika Ekdahl.
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About the project

About the project

Andrea Arntzen was a pioneer in the fields of nursing and nurse training in Norway, and the new building complex for nurse training at HiOA bears her name. Part of the complex consists of a refurbished multi-storey block that was formerly part of the old Rikshospitalet University Hospital. The complex includes a large auditorium, a light-filled canteen at street level, and teaching and seminar rooms. Annika Ekdahl is currently producing a work titled Follow Me for the canteen, which is used by staff and students alike. The work consists of two tapestries: the first, Skinne [Shine], is about lighting candles, understanding, and experiencing; while the second, Vokse [Grow], is about planting, growing, developing, and living. The choice of tapestry as a medium is interesting historically, as the first course in tapestry at HiOA started in 1875. The tapestries are scheduled for installation during 2015.


On the lowest floor, a 16-by-four-metre LED screen mounted on the wall outside the auditorium will display three artworks by different artists. The first work, Wave, by Bård Ask, depicts a stormy seascape using a cycle of motifs that has no predetermined ending. Ask’s intention is to provide a low-key, but at the same time magnificent experience: dark, almost abstract patterns evolve into areas of strong light that may remind the onlooker of clouds. The second work, WaveLight, by Squidsoup/Anthony Rowe, explores the boundaries and contrasts between physical and virtual presence. The appearance of the work is influenced over the course of time by people passing by, and the LED display becomes an enormous virtual space accommodating a multiplicity of complex, flowing elements. The drops, waves and slow-moving liquids create a peaceful impression, but the sight of these powerful forces also engenders a feeling of helplessness. The final work, HMol by Marius Watz is an adaptation of the Jmol visualization tool used in molecular biology. Watz’s work exploits the digital nature of the LED display to depict the evolution of abstract life forms over time, thereby linking different fields in the health sciences.

The overweight male figure lying on the ground outside the building is Christine Aspelund’s bronze sculpture Lying low/Male nude. Despite his obese appearance, the subject of the sculpture is also “normal” in the sense that many people today are unhealthily overweight. The sculpture encourages the onlooker to reflect on themes that are highly relevant to the art and science of nursing, such as the vulnerability and imperfection of the human body and its potential need for dignified nursing care in order to maintain quality of life.



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Project manager

Trude Schjelderup Iversen, KORO (Fra august 2012)

Art consultant/Art Committee

Solveig Aalberg, Utvalgsleder
Ståle Stenslie

Art Committee

Kirsten Røvig Håberg, HiOA
Vidar Holum, HiOA
Pål Biørnstad, Lund + Slaatto arkitekter
Anne Egeland , Statsbygg




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Art scheme for new government-owned buildings



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