In a separate part of the Castle Park is Princess Ingrid Alexandra’s Sculpture Park – a park with sculptures by and for children.
Princess Ingrid Alexandra’s Sculpture Park was established on the occasion of the Royal Couple’s 25th anniversary in 2016, and opened by His Majesty the King together with Her Royal Highness the Princess. In his speech at the time, King Harald said this about the first sculptures: “They are here for you, they are for you to touch and play with, and not just for decoration.”
A thousand kindergarten children were invited to the opening with buns and juice. Since then, many a kindergarten has visited these sculptures – climbed the rabbit, rode the fox, looked up at the rainbow, sat on the field and studied the man without a face. But remember, it’s not a playground, so be careful so no one gets hurt.
The sculptures have been created between 2016 and 2019 following a competition among 5th and 6th graders in all parts of the country. The winning proposals have been put into production by professional craft companies with the children’s designs as working drawings. The children have been involved in the process and seen the works take shape – from drawing to finished sculpture. Finally, the sculptures have been unveiled in the Palace Park with Princess Ingrid Alexandra and other members of the Royal Family present.