Landmark: The Oslo Opera

The theme for #photo101 today is Landmark and the Opera House in Oslo fits that category.

OsloOpera_8830Last year I printed this panoramic photo on an aluminium plate measuring 40×120 cm (that would be approximately 16×47 inches if you live in one of the 3 countries – Liberia, Myanmar or USA – that are still using the archaic imperial system). Trivia: I once worked in construction and I was part of the large team that built the Opera. Here you can see the printed version of this photo:

50 thoughts on “Landmark: The Oslo Opera

      • Some opera houses around the world are quite grand. While ours may not be the most stunning on the outside, I think the inside is beautiful. We have ballet season tix and I always look forward to going there.

  1. I remember your largest print post :), and I am even more impressed with your trivia :). What were your duties on the site? When I was a little kid I loved going to construction sites with my dad (he used to manage large construction projects). I still remember the smell of tar and how much I enjoyed it. Now I translate for a construction company, but they only let me get on a paver once. This is a beautiful sunset sky, and I love your touch of tonal contrast – just the right measure!

  2. Interesting that you were involved in its construction. Is it purely an opera house or are there a series of performance areas for plays, concerts and symphonies?

  3. The architecture is stunning and your composition plus the personal story made it even more beautiful. You helped building it, and now brings it to posterity with your art.

  4. Magnificent shot of the Oslo Opera House! I have seen many photos of this Opera House, this one is the BEST, CG!

  5. “that would be approximately 16×47 inches if you live in one of the 3 countries – Liberia, Myanmar or USA – that are still using the archaic imperial system”

    Brunei hopped on the metric bandwagon too? I remember seeing a list somewhere that had them listed as one of four holdouts. At least the US does use metric where it matters.

    • According to the Wikipedia article, Liberia, Myanmar and USA are the only ones that’s not using the metric system. It’s true that the US uses the metric system too, for example NASA.

      • Yeah we pretty much use it for anything scientific, but I wish we would just fully convert. The only reason Liberia hasn’t is because we haven’t, and Myanmar probably doesn’t because they were isolated for so long.

  6. Yes, I remember the print.

    Being in Canada, we;re officially metric but Imperial measurements still is used in many things because there are generations of people who grew up with that due to US influence. I drive my wife crazy with talking about weather temperatures in Celsius when she’s still used to Fareheit.

    How long was that construction project?

    • Fahrenheit doesn’t even make sense. Zero is the temperature of a mix of ice, water, and ammonium chloride. 96 degrees – approximately the human body temperature… You can’t rely on systems that’s built on a foundation of approximately or the temperature of a mix where the temperature changes regarding the salt content of the brine…
      Celsius is more scientifically based and it makes sense, but really we should all use kelvin. The problem with kelvin is that it doesn’t make any sense to operate with those numbers when we’re talking about the weather.

      The idea of an opera house in Oslo first started 1917, then again in the 1920’s and in 1946.
      In 1989 they started working on some plans, in 1999 they finally decided where to raise the building.
      Then the construction started in 2003 and it was finished for the opening in 2008.

  7. Magnificent structure … so modern! The photography is exquisite as usual! That large print — what a great idea for a gift!

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