There’s one thing you have to understand about Norway before I show you any more from this room, and that is that although we do not sprawl around in our birthday-suit on the beach or in public places, we are very relaxed about the fact that underneath our clothes we are all naked.
Give that a thought when you’re on the subway crammed like sardines in a box;)
When you enter, this room is spacious, beaming with natural light form all the big windows that make up two of the walls. Our beloved king and queen are modernistically painted and overlook all that’s happening in this room, and it must be the best room to be a fly on the wall in.
Tourists quietly enter, gaze at our King and Queen, whisper comments to each other and walk towards the exit at the other end where a whole wall, floor to ceiling is a bright colored mural of young Norwegian men and women having fun in the sun;)
Some tourists hurry out the door, but most are stopped in their tracks, giggle, blush, take photos next to the mural while red-faced and a wee bit embarrassed laugh out loud.
It was great fun standing there on the side and observe how slightly uncomfortable it made people.
The mural is painted by Willy Midelfart and it’s called ‘Rådhusfresken’ and is a bit challenging to translate…
I love the bright colors, the sunny feel and how it without fail makes me smile each time I enter.
If you ever happen to visit Oslo, a walk about in it’s city hall will give you a wonderful visual look at our nations history and our less than dressed culture;)