Unveiled 2009

“Tumbling Tacks”
by Oldenburg and van Bruggen

'Tumbling Tacks' by Oldenburg and van Bruggen is heavily inspired by the site’s industrial history, with paper as a common denominator for both tacks and the wood pulp that was once manufactured at Kistefos Træsliberi AS. Photo: Einar Aslaksen.

Tumbling Tacks

  • Unveiled 2009
  • Materials Steel, fiberglass, resin, polyurethane foam, gelcoat and transparent satined glass coating
  • Dimensions 500 cm (diameter)
  • Artist Oldenburg and van Bruggen
  • Where Show on map

The sculpture, entitled Tumbling Tacks, can best be described as four greatly enlarged push pins falling down the hillside where the old aerial cableway used to be. The design is heavily inspired by the site’s industrial history, with paper as a common denominator for both tacks and the wood pulp that was once manufactured at A/S Kistefos Træsliberi.

Tumbling Tacks are included in the world-famous artists’ Large-Scale projects, which have so far exclusively been implemented in urban settings in art metropolises like New York, Berlin, and Tokyo. Objects included in the projects are for instance a button, a lion’s tail and a clothespin. TumblingTacks is the only one of these projects that have been realized in a natural landscape, and the first elected in Scandinavia.

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Detail from Tumbling Tacks by Oldenburg and van Bruggen. Photo: Einar Aslaksen.

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Tumbling Tacks by Oldenburg and van Bruggen. Photo: Einar Aslaksen.

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Detail from Tumbling Tacks by Oldenburg and van Bruggen. Photo: Einar Aslaksen.