Tonight is the opening of Sentralen, a house of culture located in central Oslo. Two buildings, one of which is was Oslo´s first official bank, has been stripped down to their skeletal structures, joined by an extensive system of steel stairs and furnished with the essentials for a flexible office environment. Add to that practice rooms for electric and acoustic music, several concert venues, a dance stage, bar, restaurant and café.
Sparebankstiftelsen commissioned 5 artists to make work for Sentralen, allowing the artists to choose the location. The artists are Vanessa Baird, Jan Christensen, Hanne Friis, Camilla Løw and I.
Above are some photos from the process of making Two Times and Leash - two glass window designs made from water cut, mouth blown glass, glued on clear glass and mounted in steel frames. The designs are computer drawings based on a collage premise: two-dimensional shapes are cut and folded, each side with a different color or image. The frames consist of two hinged halves, forming a gate that can be opened into the room.
The glass is from Lamberts Glas in Waldsassen, Germany. It was cut by Waterjet Norge AS, assembled by Norsk Kunstglass AS and mounted in steel frames from Bolt Metall AS. Prototyper AS made crates for handling the glass and helped making a prototype.