Bærum’s Works, 30 min. from Oslo city, today offers around 55 shops, craftsmen, workshops, galleries and restaurants. Trade, crafts and history are intertwined and form the basis of activities and cultural experiences such as glass-blowing, blacksmith, galleries, crafts, design, speciality shops, oven museum, Sculpture Park, historic play and a modern trading. I had another quality time there with my wife, photo hunting for the golden beauty of autumn. I gladly take you along and let me set the mood by some pics from the fall running through this industrial historic environment:
Above: RennyBA in the fall :-)
“Bærums Verk”, a former industrial company was established in 1610 as iron to produce cannon shells and driven at the king’s expense, a private company from 1624. The Ironworks was in 1874 converted to the foundry with a mechanical workshop. The works also had a saw mill and planking mill, as well as extensive agriculture and forestry:
Industrial historical environment.
Trade and commerce have always been of central importance to Bærums Verk history and this tradition continues today. In 1985, restoration began to revitalize the old buildings into a charming cultural, social and shopping centre. I hate malls, but I love this:
The second stage in this process occurred in 1997 with the refurbishment of the old production locations: The foundry, the furnace and the iron stock. Today, Bærums Verk has become a unique shopping centre in historical surroundings. The picturesque ironworks area survives today as one of the most distinctive features and the vibrant center for commerce, crafts and history:
With its beautiful outdoor areas and its unique buildings, Bærums Verk is an area that is very well suited to exhibit sculptures. Here they promote Norwegian artists and make them available to everyone. I can’t show them all in one post, but while hunting for the golden colour of fall, I found some of its beauty:
My regular readers know I consider food an important part of history and culture and there are a lot of culinary delights to choose from at Bærums Verk as well. They have Norway’s oldest inn preserved; “Værtshuset Bærums Verk” which is protected as a historical monument. However, this time we choose the one and only Dutch Pancake house of Norway. It has been a custom for me to end our quality time reports with the serving and of course I won’t disappoint my regular readers:
Left: “Michelangelo” – pepperoni, onion, cheese, tomato, pepper, oregano and olives.
Right: “Rembrandt” – crisp bacon, blue cheese, chevre, paprika, cheese.
Thanks for joining us on this short fall trip to the lovely Bærums Verk. It seems like it may have been a week or two early to find the peak fall colours, but I hope you enjoyed the history, culture and scenery anyway. So stay tuned for more colourful fall posts.