#4 2012 (37)
Queen Sonja’s personal engagement in Norwegian art and culture goes back a long way. Over the years, the Queen has actively participated in Norway’s artistic and cultural spheres not just as its high patron but also as an important key figure; her efforts in casting light upon and promoting Norwegian art has gained her respect throughout Norway and far beyond.
IT WAS A BEAUTIFUL DAY. WE WERE ON A HIKE IN NORTHERN NORWAY. IN LEIRFJORD A LARGE RECTANGULAR STEEL INSTALLATION HAD BEEN PLACED IN THE LANDSCAPE. EVERYONE THOUGHT IT WAS ODD. BUT I INSISTED - WE SHOULD NOT BE DISCOURAGED. WE SHOULD GO AND HAVE A LOOK! AS WE APPROACHED, WE SAW THAT THE SEEMINGLY RANDOMLY SITED CONSTRUCTION FRAMED THE LANDSCAPE IN AN INFINITE NUMBER OF PERSPECTIVES, DEPENDING UPON WHERE ONE WAS STANDING. THE LANDSCAPE HAD BEEN THERE SINCE THE DAWN OF TIME. ART HELPS US REALIZE THAT. WHAT MORE CAN WE ASK?