Marte Aas

Tulips for Torshovtoppen, (2008)

Torshovtoppen is a park area in Oslo. Although the old school garden at the former Torshov school is in a state of neglect, it is regularly used by local residents. It is a place of relaxation in a city dominated by purpose-oriented and utilitarian structures. Despite massive protests, in 2005 the area was sold to a private developer who intended to build on it. So far these construction plans have not been realised and the area continues to be used as it was in the past.

I made several interventions in the area during 2007-2008 in addition to making a film and a book about the place. One of these interventions was Tulips for Torshovtoppen. 350 tulip bulbs were planted in the garden of Torshovtoppen during fall 2007. In spring 2008 a beautiful tulip garden appeared. This became my gift to the users of the former public garden of Torshovtoppen. This work raises questions about the areas of a town that are made accessible to local residents. What happens when private interests are allowed to overrule people’s needs for recreational spaces?

Marte Aas
Tulips for Torshovtoppen 2009
Marte Aas
Tulips for Torshovtoppen 2009
Marte Aas
Tulips for Torshovtoppen 2009
Marte Aas
Tulips for Torshovtoppen 2009
Marte Aas
Tulips for Torshovtoppen 2009
Marte Aas
Tulips for Torshovtoppen 2009
Marte Aas
Tulips for Torshovtoppen 2009
Marte Aas
Tulips for Torshovtoppen 2009
Marte Aas
Tulips for Torshovtoppen, Gallery F15, 2010