What: Hamsun bust

Where: Knut Hamsuns plass, 4876 Grimstad, Norway

Here it is: Leave E18 and drive towards Grimstad centre on rv420. In downtown Grimstad, follow the harbour on Pharos vei/Smith Pedersen gate. From here Storgaten leads up in the towncentre, follow it to no. 44. The square in front of the library is now named after Knut Hamsun.

The bust was made by the sculpturer Roald Olsson in 1994. Knut Hamsun's grandchild, Anne Marie Thurmann-Moe, received the bust as a birthday present from her husband Jan in 2000, but both desired that the bust should be given to the town of Grimstad, when time was ripe. Finally on 19. June2009 Anne Marie Thurmann-Moe herself could unveil the bust on the square in front of Grimstad library - the library, which is to be transformed into a Knut Hamsun museum soon. The aquare in front of the library was at the same time renamed Knut Hamsuns plass. Present at the inauguration were, among others, the artist's son Bengt Olsson, Knut Hamsun's grandchildren Leif and Ingeborg and a large number of citizens of Grimstad with their mayor Hans Antonsen en tete.
The bust is only cast in 2 copies. The second copy is in the premises of the publishing house Gyldendal Norsk Forlag in Oslo.


Kirsten Hedvig Rasmussen www.hamsun.at