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After the propeller's era. | Public Sculptures by Hans Martin Øien
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After the propeller's era. - Public Sculptures

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Art project in roundabout, Fornebu Oslo, Norway 2017

Materials: copper on steel, granite.

The project consists of a large three-winged propeller sculpture standing on one wing and attached to a large coarse-grained granite stone from the Iddefjord.
The two extended wings of the propeller sculpture are perforated in a pattern that reproduces structures in nearby architecture and is reminiscent of insect wings. The propeller has a body that is fragmented, it has a bulky body in the center and the perforated parts of the propeller wings suggest an inner supporting structure. This structure gives the impression of dissolving into figures of humans and animals in a coexistence. I think this symbolizes this transition from a historic place for air traffic to a living and working area for people and animals.

I have worked on a number of motifs with different animals and human shapes. The figures appear as silhouettes and are taken from various photographs that I have taken myself and some that I have collected from others. The photographs are digitally transmitted and have a high degree of detail.
I imagine that the motifs signal human activity in interaction with nature and that it expresses, among other things, a desire to fly.

The sculpture is made of acid-resistant and stainless steel that is clad with copper. Over time, a natural patination of the sculpture will occur, it will undergo a change in surface color from copper to green-turquoise after about 20 years.

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Hans Martin Øien
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Wescover creator since 2020
"Every time I start a new art project I want it to play an important role for its surroundings."

From 1993 until today I have mainly worked with sculpture, installation and art projects in public spaces, as well as producing exhibitions in public galleries and museums.
In collaboration with engineers and craftsmen, I have for the last 15 years realized large scale art projects in different materials.
I have worked with materials such as wood, stone, steel, plastic, aluminum, bronze, copper, concrete, etc.
After a retrospective exhibition at the Haugar Art Museum in 2004, one of my projects has been a series of sculptures called "Lego sculptures". These sculptures have since been exhibited in many places all over Norway, and have been used in public art projects. This was basically an idea where I wanted to use a well known design (Lego minifigure) and reusable materials to create "full size" sculptures with literary references and low material costs. At this point I had been fascinated by how my children played with Lego.
I observed that my boys could play with these characters as girls play with dolls. They could live their experiences and fantasies with the characters and process their life experiences. I decided to do something similar with my sculptures. I wanted to draw the Lego figure into the adult reality and make him big and visible picturing the adult world. This led to a number of exhibitions and eventually projects in the public realm.
It was a relief to be able to emphasize storytelling rather than designing exclusive objects that very few people were interested in. The materials had a marginal significance; my first "Lego sculptures" were built from used veneer plates. Later I have used more traditional sculptural materials such as bronze and stone to draw these figures into an art tradition and to be able to create lasting sculptures that can withstand the Norwegian outdoor climate.
My "Lego sculptures" often deal with adults problems, myths and prejudices, while at the same time referring to the traditional sculpture that appears as a representation of memory.