The Clock Building, Norwegian University of Life Sciences, Ås

Today the Clock Building on the campus of the Norwegian University of Life Sciences (NMBU) at Ås is used for teaching and research about environmental issues such as climate change. In connection with the recent refurbishment of the building, new artworks have been installed that relate both to the history of the building and to the forward-looking research conducted within its walls.


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  • Dyreriket, Grethe Sørensen. Photographer: Marius Hauge
  • Dyreriket, Grethe Sørensen. Photographer: Marius Hauge
  • Dyreriket, Grethe Sørensen. Photographer: Marius Hauge
  • Havet, Grethe Sørensen. Photographer: Marius Hauge
  • Havet, Grethe Sørensen. Photographer: Marius Hauge
  • Havet, Grethe Sørensen. Photographer: Marius Hauge
  • Norges miljø- og biovitenskapelige universitet, Urbygningen, Campus Ås, Akershus. Photographer: Statsbygg
  • Still Life #8, #9, #4, #5, #6 og #7, Marte Aas. Photographer: Marius Hauge
  • Still Life #4, #5, #6 og #7, Marte Aas. Photographer: Marius Hauge
  • Still Life #3, #1 og #2, Marte Aas. Photographer: Marius Hauge
  • Still Life #3, Marte Aas. Photographer: Marius Hauge
  • Still Life #2, Marte Aas. Photographer: Marius Hauge
  • Shades of Rubia Tinctorum, Hanne Friis. Photographer: Marius Hauge
  • Shades of Rubia Tinctorum, Hanne Friis. Photographer: Marius Hauge
  • Frøfortellinger/ Stories of seeds, Hanne Tyrmi. Photographer: Marius Hauge
  • Frøfortellinger/ Stories of seeds, Hanne Tyrmi. Photographer: Marius Hauge
  • Frøfortellinger/Stories of seeds, Hanne Tyrmi. Photographer: Marius Hauge
  • Elvesandjeger, Løvaas & Wagle. Photographer: Marius Hauge
  • Elvesandjeger, Astrid Løvaas og Kirsten Marie Wagle. Photographer: Marius Hauge
  • Elvesandjeger, Astrid Løvaas og Kirsten Marie Wagle. Photographer: Marius Hauge
  • Klippeblåvinge, Løvaas & Wagle. Photographer: Marius Hauge
  • A New Beginning – Wisdom of the North, Conversations in the Undergrowth – Wisdom of the East and South og The Conference of Birds – Wisdom of the West, Hege Dons Samset. Photographer: Marius Hauge
  • Conversations in the Underground – Wisdom of the East and South, Hege Dons Samset. Photographer: Marius Hauge
  • The Conference of Birds – Wisdom of the West, Hege Dons Samset. Photographer: Marius Hauge
  • The Conference of Birds – Wisdom of the West, Hege Dons Samset. Photographer: Marius Hauge
  • Gramas–Ancestors, Hege Dons Samset. Photographer: Marius Hauge
  • Gramas–Ancestors og Kosmos-Origin, Hege Dons Samset. Photographer: Marius Hauge
  • Kosmos-Origin, Hege Dons Samset. Photographer: Marius Hauge
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About the project

About the project

In 2014, the University of Life Sciences (UMB) and the Norwegian School of Veterinary Science (NVH) merged to form the Norwegian University of Life Sciences (NMBU). The new merged institution conducts cross-disciplinary research into important global questions related to climate change and the environment, sustainable development, human and animal health, and food production.

The Clock Building dates from 1901. The refurbishment of the building has been undertaken in collaboration with the Directorate for Cultural Heritage. Both the interior and exterior of the building display extravagant unique architectural detailing in the Jugendstil and Norwegian National Romantic styles, making the building an important symbol for the university. It was considered important that artworks displayed in the building should take account of this architectonic context while at the same time being engaging and interesting for the students and others who would encounter them during the working day. For this reason the art committee decided to focus on textile art, a field that has roots in folk art, global traditions of ornamentation, and handcraft traditions. Several of the artists are interested in excessive consumption and recycling, themes that harmonize well with the university’s fields of teaching and research.

Works by textile artists Grethe Sørensen (DK), Astrid Løvaas (NO) & Kirsten Wagle (NO), and Hanne Friis (NO) have been installed in five teaching rooms located throughout the three floors of the building. Through their innovative use of textile materials and techniques, each of these four artists brings new life to this field of art through different kinds of contemporary expression. The artworks range from Grethe Sørensen’s Jacquard-woven tapestries with photographic images from the university’s image archive, through Løvaas & Wagle’s wall panels with fragments of real-life images humorously embroidered with nylon hosiery, to Hanne Friis’s monumental and organically shaped wall sculptures that respond to the colours of the building.

In addition, artist photographers Marte Aas (NO) and Hege Dons Samset (NO) have each completed their own photo-based projects inspired by, and in dialogue with, the building and the activities conducted therein. Finally, the artist Hanne Tyrmi (NO) has repurposed a 100-year-old wall-mounted vitrine into a site-specific and poetic artwork.

Facts

Facts

Address

Ole Sverres plass, 1430 Ås

Date completed

09.05.2016

Project manager

Elisabeth Tetens Jahn

Art consultant/Art Committee

Hanne Øverland
Janne Leithe

Architect

4B Arkitekter AS

Building owner/developer

Statsbygg

Duration

Permanently

Accessibility

Available to the public

Program

Art scheme for new government-owned buildings

Kunstverk

Kunstverk

Milestones

Milestones

  • 30.04.2013
    Oppdragsbrev

  • 19.08.2013
    Kunstkonsulent valgt

  • 29.06.2014
    Juryering konkurranse

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