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The sculpture "Allium" by Sverre Wyller is situated in an open landscape in Østre Toten. Allium means onion and the sculpture's form is inspired by the farming in this area.
Allium is situated on a gravel road that leads up towards the Billerud Farm, with a view over Mjøsa. The sculpture is 15 metres high and is made of reused steel.It is lacquered in a light blue colour that Wyller has used on several of his sculptures.
Used materials are important for Wyller because the materials' history gives the art work meaning.
The artist's comment
"The steel has been used, it has been degraded, now it has been revitalised and gains once more a significance and status. Steel that has been used before bears the mark of this. But the form is new – and thereby the meaning" says Wyller.
About Sverre Wyller
Sverre Wyller is a Norwegian artist who works with painting and sculpture. He received his education at the Oslo School of Architecture and the Oslo National Academy of the Arts, at the Bergen Academy of Art and Design, and the Academy of Arts in Berlin. A typical feature of Wyller's sculptures is the abstract and organic expression. With powerful, twisting and turning steel beams, the sculptures often recall living creatures.