The Norwegian Embassy in Canberra

Two glass sculptures by Beate Einen make a youthful addition to the embassy’s art collection. Both sculptures are in a style that is quite distinct from those of other artists working in glass and ceramics.

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  • Sculpture 3/5, Beate Einen. Photographer: Lightstudies
  • Sculpture 2/5 and Sculpture 3/5, Beate Einen. Photographer: Lightstudies
  • Sculpture 2/5, Beate Einen. Photographer: Lightstudies
  • The Norwegian Ambassy in Canberra, Australia. Photographer: Lightstudies
  • Sculpture 2/5 and Sculpture 3/5, Beate Einen. Photographer: Lightstudies
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About the project

About the project

The Norwegian embassy in the Australian capital Canberra dates from the 1960s. Last year the building had to be renovated due to extensive problems with damp. Accordingly a key criterion in Public Art Norway’s art plan for the renovated building was that the new works should be impervious to Canberra’s warm and humid climate. The art committee selected two glass sculptures by Beate Einen.

The embassy’s existing art collection included a number of oil paintings, as well as ceramics by Svein Narum and works in glass by Kari Ulleberg and Johan Verde. The committee was eager to add works in glass by a younger artist in order to broaden the range of the Collection.

The two sculptures by the Norwegian artist Beate Einen are coloured respectively in a glimmering green and blue. They were blown using steel rods, which produces a particular bubbled effect. The sculptures are placed on a sideboard at the entrance to the dining room. The sculptures were exhibited previously at the Sculpture Objects Functional Art + Design (SOFA) Fair in Chicago.

Beate Einen (born 1979) studied in England and at the Kosta Glass Centre in Sweden. She has worked with Vidar Koksvik and Kari Håkonsen at their rural glass workshop at Tjura. She now lives and works in Bergen. Her work challenges conventional ideas about design and technique, giving rise to a style that is unique among glass artists. Works by Einen have been purchased by institutions including the National Museum and Permanenten (the West Norway Museum of Decorative Art).

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