Vietnamese Sculptors Create Bridge For Norway

The 40-meter granite bridge, in the town of Toga in eastern Norway, was carved by 12 young Vietnamese artists from a famous stone sculpting village in Danang.
The bridge was built as part of a cooperation project between Norwegian sculptor Øyvin Storbækken and the Danang Literature and Arts Association to mark 35 years of Vietnam-Norway diplomatic relations, association Chairman Ho Hai Hoc said.
The bridge, laid across a small water body in the heart of Tolga, had been built using 125 tons of granite quarried in Danang and transported to Norway by ship, and 40 tons of granite from Tolga, Hoc told Thanh Nien.
It had taken two months to assemble the carved pieces and create the bridge using ancient European bridge architecture and Vietnamese designs.
The young Vietnamese sculptors had been trained for three years at the Danang Sculpture Center, under the supervision of Tolga native and master sculptor Storbækken, for the project to improve their professional and English language skills, Hoc said.
The bridge is the first of a series of sculptures planned for Tolga in cooperation with the Danang Sculpture Center.

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