I wish I had better records, or that Canon had anticipated the growth of the internet and had installed a GPS receiver in their AE1-Program cameras back in the 80′s and that Fuji had built GPS tagging into their slide film. Then I wouldn’t be struggling to locate this photo.
So we were walking down this street in Oslo when I saw this sculpture on the corner of a building. It wasn’t on the corner of the street, the sidewalk just got wider at this point. I thought it was kind of interesting so I snapped a photo.
But here I was just looking at the backs of these figures so I walked on to get another image of the faces and, whamo! I was hit smack in the face by this view!
Now this was a whole new perspective, and totally unexpected on my part.
Had we walked up the street in the other direction the piece wouldn’t have had the impact it did on me. But, by approaching on the backs of the figures and then turning back it became like the punchline in a joke where the connection can only be made in the reverse direction. Looking back from the punchline, the approach is obvious but from the direction of the the way the joke is told, you can’t obviously get to the punchline.
I’ve no idea what this piece is called, nor who the artist is, nor anything else about the piece. I’d love to know more if anyone out there reading has any knowledge or Norwegian friends.
Update May 3, 2012, 22:30 CDT. Thanks to the Twitterverse, Olav Skogaas has informed me this is on the Oslo City Hall and the sculpture is on Fridtjof Nansens Plass. Please visit Olav’s Flickr stream here. If you take the street view from the Google Maps link and spin the view to your right (rotate the ‘N’ in the compass rose anticlockwise) you can see the sculpture on the wall.