ARCHITECTURE / Don't let our elected officials complete what the terrorist bomb failed.


After World War II, the Poles built up bombs Warsaw city ​​from the ground up for paintings. The lot Auschwitz and other memorials stand, so that there should never be any doubt about the authenticity of the story. Even with this grip, there are Holocaust deniers, but their arguments quickly fall to the ground when history is intact.

During the war on Balkans signal building and memorials were some of the first attack targets.

The old great library in Sarajevo was bombed, the historic bridge in Mostar as well. In Syria and Iraq we see the same trend. Why is it so important to frame cultural history? Our identity is largely shaped by the physical environment we have around us. Buildings and architecture are a big part of this. Shattered by this story, the people are forced to their knees more easily.

signal Construction

In Oslo, the government quarter was with high blocks and Wye block attack in 2011. Both signal buildings were created by the architect Erling Viksjø as a testimony to the welfare state that grew after the war. The arc in the Y block was made enclosing – as the social democratic values ​​of the building would express. Behind the high block, the high-rise and the right are ruined. Together, the two form a unique and open urban space right in the heart of Oslo.

Photo: National Museum

We were many people who liked to pass the Y-block in everyday life. The space provided an exciting shortcut for those of us who appreciate inviting, accessible city spaces. The place gave an extra pleasure in the form of the integrated art and the unique history of the building. The decoration was characterized by the community's idea of ​​democracy – a world-class art making available to all. But the road to it was anything but simple. This was in the time before the oil wealth had pumped up Norwegian self-awareness, and most Norwegians were from modest conditions.

This was in the time before the oil wealth had pumped up Norwegian self-awareness.

concrete Art

Carl Nesjar was sleeping in a friend's boat as he traveled south to persuade Picasso – which did not open its high wrought iron sport at the first time the young Norwegian artist knocked. It took several more attempts, and time began to run out for Nesjar's idea of ​​concrete art. He did not give up, sought out one of the world's most famous artists and persuaded him to participate in the project. This is how a 17 year long and unique collaboration started. Thanks to Nesjar, the aging Picasso found a solid material that suited his desired new expression. Together they created concrete art – both single and sandblasted, as in the Y-block.

The work was hard and risky. In NRKs two-part documentary IKON Nesjar says that the sandblasting was so powerful that you could cut off your hand if you were not very careful. The building tells of a young Norwegian's courage and power of one of the most renowned creators of our recent cultural history. The art was created just this wall and for Norway. The fishermen – which is the work on the outer wall – tells about Norway's way of life and history. Nesjar did not even want to bask in the brilliance of a celebrity, he wanted to create a narrative of Norwegian identity for posterity in a building created for eternity. Clearly Picasso was tempted to join in making art that would withstand time.


With the bomb that narrowed, it was more than life and barley hit. The place and the buildings changed character, they reminded us of the incident. It was painful and unreal at first to visit the place, which was so slowly filled with victory and pride. The buildings stood; they too had survived the terror. This steady resilience in the familiar cityscape was good to carry with you in the face of the trauma and losses. An actively accessible memory environment centrally located. Several of the survivors have talked about how their story is missed in everyday life and not just as sensational drama or suspense drama on TV or in book form.

Photo: National Museum

The fear of the terrorist incident was used to rob us more. The Y-block was examined, and the conclusion was that it was intact enough to stand. The government decided to demolish the Y block while the heavily damaged high block was protected. Memorial Y is about Norwegian contemporary identity; it's not about experiencing brutalist buildings as beautiful or ugly. This is also not a question of money. The nation of Norway must take care to preserve its own history and let it be part of everyday life, so we always carry it with us.

Don't let our elected officials complete what the terrorist bomb failed.

Reintroduce what democracy the terrorist would hit. Follow the procedure and the principles required for conservation values ​​and cultural heritage.

Don't ruin our identity. Let Y stand for eternity.

Does not deal with the complaint

The past memory association, Norwegian Architects' Federation, Oslo Architectural Association og The support action to preserve the Y block complained about the frame permit for demolition of the Y block. The Civil Ombudsman decided on January 29 that they not have to deal with the complaint. The county governor in Oslo will deal with the complaint about the commencement permit by April 20.

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