On July 27, workers started dismantling the building of the government complex in Oslo, known as the Y-Block. The structure is known with two murals by Pablo Picasso on the walls – “Fishermen” and “the Seagull”, writes AFP.
One of the works created by the great Spanish master in collaboration with Norwegian artist Carl Nacharam, weighs 250 tons, the other of 60 tons.
The authorities decided to demolish the building, which was damaged during the terrorist attacks of 2011. The murals the intention is to use the ensemble of the new government complex, whose construction is scheduled for completion in 2025.
Many Norwegian architects and activists protested against the demolition, insisting that only Y-Block mural Picasso look harmonious. The adjacent building, H-Block, has been renovated after the explosion, reminded opponents of the demolition.
22 July 2011 terrorist Anders Breivik detonated in the government quarter bomb van Volkswagen Crafter. Eight people died, more than 200 were injured. While police attention was focused on the incident in Oslo, the perp reached the island of Utoya and began to shoot the participants of a meeting of young social Democrats. He killed 67 people, two others drowned while trying to leave the island by swimming.
August 24, 2012, the court sentenced Breivik to 21 year of imprisonment with possibility of unlimited renewal.