Vice-President of the Storting to attend opening of the New Parliament Building.

The Vice-President of the Storting (the Norwegian Parliament), Dr Inge Lønning, will be present when the Queen officially opens the new Parliament building on Saturday 9th October.

07/10/2004 :: The Vice-President of the Storting (the Norwegian Parliament), Dr Inge Lønning, will be present when the Queen officially opens the new Parliament building on Saturday 9th October. Dr Lønning is a member of the Conservative Party and has been a member of the Storting since 1997 and Vice-President since 2001.

In connection with the opening, the Norwegian Parliament has donated a tapestry by the Norwegian artist Marianne Magnus. Dr Lønning will officially present the gift to Presiding Officer George Reid on Sunday morning.

The artist's inspiration was from her own garden where she grows dark, red roses. She wanted the roses to float over a weave to create volume and a three-dimentional form of the roses.

The Tapestry is called 'Nightroses' (240 x 220 cm in size) and is now installed in the new Parliament building. 

The material used is wool from the Norwegian sheep breed 'Spelsau'. At a distance, this gives an illusion of the tapestry being glossy, almost metallic. 'Spelsau' wool has long glossy fibres, which, when they are spun, gets a shiny character.

To view a photograph of the Tapestry in the Parliament, click here.



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The New Parliament BuildingPhoto: Courtesy of the Scottish Parliament

Norwegian Tapestry at the Scottish Parliament.Photo:  Photo: Robert Breen, Art in Partnership