11 June 2005–31 Dec 2009
Prior to the opening of the Nobel Peace Center, giving thought to the international work of the Center, KORO (Art in public spaces) invited to a closed competition for four artists from four parts of the world.
The winning proposal was by the Slovenian artist Marjetica Potrč (b. 1953), an artist representing a cultural and political orientation within art. Her proposal Self-Sustainable Garden, a garden on the old train station roof, with 12 windmills and evergreen plants, focused on ecology and how the distribution of resources is one of the reasons for conflict around the world.
The proposal was not approved by antiquarian authorities, and the artist was then invited to develop a new proposal with the same topic. She commented the situation like this: ”When Oslo don’t want the windmills, I can give them to someone who really need them.”
The video installation Genesis tells the story of two different communities, Barefoot College in Rajastan, India and Catherine Ferguson Academy in Michigan, USA. They received windmills and solar panels, bought by Potrč for parts of the commissioned budget. The artist underlines that taking a stand towards use of energy and the distribution of resources on a personal plan is important, and points out that our individual consciousness about the environment will help keep democracy and peace long term.
MARJETICA POTRČ: Genesis, 2005, video installation.
Art consultants: Per Gunnar Tverbakk and Mari Røysamb/George Morgenstern (KORO)
Architekt: Telje-Torp-Aasen Arkitektkontor AS
Venue: Nobel Peace Center, Oslo, Norway