The Blue Stone

In 1989 Bergen City Council decided to create a pedestrianised area centred around Ole Bulls Plass and Torgallmeningen in the heart of the city which had by then become a bit of a traffic hot-spot.  Part of the redevelopment involved placing an artwork known as the Blue Stone at the junction of the two, by now pedestrianised, streets in 1993.  The work by sculptor A. Andresen is a slab of concrete covered in Brazilian sodalite raised up at one end so it sits at an angle.  This has become one of the most recognised symbols of the city of Bergen and is a frequently used meeting place in the city centre.

Junction
The Blue Stone sits at the junction of Ole Bulls Plass and Torgallmeningen.
Angle
The stone sits at an angle as one end is raised up.
Texture
Part of the stone is textured and the whole thing sits on a surround made from granite.
Theatre
Looking up towards Øvre Ole Bulls Plass and the National Theatre in the background.
Rain
The infamous Bergen rain on the Blue Stone.
Waiting
Waiting by the Blue Stone with the Sundt department store in the background.
Meeting
The Blue Stone has become a meeting place and gathering point for many over the years including this group of supporters of the Labour Party of former prime minister Jens Stoltenberg.

11 thoughts on “The Blue Stone

  1. I like the look of the stone (in general I like the three dimensional aspect of sculpture, especially outdoors). Is it supposed to have any particular meaning?

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  2. An interesting piece of art. Funny, I bet many people went, “What the hell did we just spend our money on!” when they first saw it, but still the people come and that’s the point I guess.

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  3. I’m a big fan of public art, mainly because when it’s in the planning stages everybody hates it and campaigns are set up “to spend the money on something more worthwhile”. Then when the artwork is eventually erected, the public warm to – and sometimes it becomes a symbol of the area.
    The Angel of the North is the best example of this. There was outrage when the plans were first discussed, but now it embodies the spirit, the strengths and the aspirations of the North-East. There would be outrage if someone tried to remove it.
    So I like the Blue Stone.
    Cheers, Alen

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    1. I suppose the AotN is a bigger and bolder example but I think you’re right. Recently there was a stooshie in Glasgow when the cooncil announced dumb plans to raise the plinth on which a statue of the Duke of Wellington sits. He regularly sports a traffic cone hat and this has almost become one of Glasgow’s most recognised images. It was gonna cost £60k! Bugger that! I’ve got a photo where His Dukiness, one of his stirrups and the horse are all be-coned. Glesga cone power I say!!!! 😀

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