Photo: Kulturetaten/Instagram

People Are Creating Some Pretty Strange Works of Art Inspired by Norwegian Artist Vigeland

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by Eben Diskin Jun 5, 2019

If imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, famous Norwegian sculptor Gustav Vigeland should feel plenty flattered these days. A Norwegian social media campaign is challenging fledgling artists to find new, creative ways of replicating Vigeland’s works, and the results are pretty interesting. The campaign is designed to generate an interest in art among young people by encouraging them to get creative with familiar images. The replications can take any form, including street art, digital art, oil paintings, watercolors, poetry, manga, mandalas, papercuts, GIF animations, and tattoos. And in the case of one of our favorite renditions, toast.

The campaign was organized by Kulturetaten, the Agency of Cultural Affairs in Oslo, in partnership with the Vigeland Museum, and lasts through June 30. In just the first two weeks of the campaign, hundreds of people from all over the world have already submitted artworks. To make a contribution, simply upload a photo to Instagram with the hashtag #Inspired byVigeland or #Vigeland150 (as the campaign marks the 150th year since Vigeland’s birth). You can view the existing pieces by checking out Kulturetaten’s Instagram page.

Here are some of our favorite submissions so far:

H/T: The Local

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