The Oslo street art was an unexpected treat during my short trip to the stunning Norwegian city last month. I gave you a sneak peek a couple of weeks ago of some of the truly brilliant art that can be found for free when walking around Oslo. As promised here’s a more extensive guide to Oslo street art, though this is by no means exhaustive!
How to find street art in Oslo
I am a huge advocate of exploring a new city on foot. It can be pretty tempting to rush through using the public transport system, but I always think you miss out on so much. Half of the street art we found in Oslo was purely by accident – I certainly hadn’t read anywhere that street art was prevalent there, nor had I thought it would be. But it is! Everywhere we walked we saw something new: which is why I say this is a “Quick Guide”. I have no doubt there is an endless supply of stunning art work on the streets of Oslo we did not have a chance to explore.
“By accident” is how we found our first alleyway filled with bright colourful graffiti, unusual paintings, and, probably most surprising of all, stone sculptures of ears, noses and female reproductive systems stuck on the side of a building. While walking to Grünnerløkka, I happened to look down an alleyway that had a curious number of people walking down it and announced to my boyfriend we were going down there! I’m glad I trusted my instincts on this one.
Thanks to my phone creepily remembering everywhere I’ve been, I now know this was all found down Brenneriveien. Be sure to turn down Ingens gate and visit Blå for a drink (if you can afford it) and see some more excellent graffiti art. Keep an eye out for the “swan” in the little creek… and make sure you look a little closer (hint: more genitalia). We walked down here on a Sunday and were pretty pleased to discover a tiny artisan street market tucked in the narrow alley.
From here, we kept walking through to Grünnerløkka where we were treated to more artisan and food markets, antique shops and trendy restaurants. Of course, and more street art!
Oslo street art in plain view
Once you spot your first piece of Oslo street art, it’s hard not to keep noticing it. It’s honestly everywhere! We walked past the Nobel Peace Centre twice on our first day, but it wasn’t until the third that we finally noticed the murals lining the walls outside. Later research (I’m really good at researching places after I’ve already been there), revealed this work is called Unknown Numbers. It’s a 60 metre long artwork paying tribute to the freedom of speech. I’ve left out a lot of the details here because I don’t want to spoil it too much, but it’s stunning, confronting and powerful to see it in person.
Fun Fact: Oslo is actually the home of the Nobel Peace Prize, with the ceremony taking place at the stunning City Hall I gushed about in my last Oslo article.
I also highly recommend getting lost down by the waterfront. Packed full of expensive restaurants, it was also pleasantly full of cool and very unusual art. I have no other words for these sculptures to be honest.
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