The 810 Project
During the last month Stephen Butkus and Nicolai Schaanning Larsen have photographed 810 unique portraits in Oslo. The result has become an exhibition showing the inhabitants in relation to their city, and is one the largest portrait-exhibitions ever titled 810 people. 810 portraits. Room 810.
Unveiled as an art installation the entire room 810 at Clarion Hotel The Hub has been used as a surface. Walls ceiling, sticks, hooks, wires and toothbrushes are all plastered with the total of 12 960 images. – The desire was to create a unique experience while displaying the faces of Oslo in a way that has not been seen before. Perhaps you find yourself? Someone you know? Or someone you just met on the street?, Stephen Butkus says. The exhibition takes place at room 810 at the former Clarion Royal Christiania hotel near to the city´s railway station, which is to become the Clarion Hotel The Hub with a total of 810 rooms. Only open on Saturday October 21 from 12 to 16, a limited amount of guests will be safely guided to room 810 situated at the 11th floor. Photo: Helge Brekke.
Stephen Butkus (1983) has worked as a fashion, art and portrait photographer for 16 years. He started by documenting subcultures and nightlife in some of the world’s largest cities and has over the years earned a reputation as one of Scandinavia’s most progressive and exciting photographers.
Nicolai Schaanning Larsen, (1976) is a creative entrepreneur and founder of the YME Universe concept store in Oslo and the founder of The Nordic Archives, an online art gallery shop. With 20 years of experience, he works in the intersection between design, art, fashion, interior and architecture.
Clarion Hotel The Hub opens March 1, 2019 and becomes one of Scandinavia’s largest hotels with its 810 rooms. – It has been very inspiring to watch Stephen and Nicolai interpret our vision of Clarion Hotel The Hub. Project 810 is a meeting point and a hub, in the same way we envisage the hotel to become. Project 810 has also given us the opportunity to involve Oslo’s citizens in the process and invite them to a unique and unexpected art experience on a building site, says André Schreiner, General Manager at Clarion Hotel The Hub.