OSLO, Norway, Nov. 28 (UPI) -- Oslo Mayor Per Ditlev-Simonsen says the capital of Norway will not accept a commissioned statue of King Olav for the City Hall plaza.
The mayor had invited sculptor Knut Steen, 82, to create a statue of the popular king waving to his subjects. Aftenposten reports when city officials saw the finished work, they thought the statue looked like a dictator standing on a pedestal. A jury was appointed to determine whether the statue was appropriate.
Steen was so upset he wants to bury the statue near his studio in Italy. The paper says Steen's daughter is angry and says he should be compensated.
Originally Ditlev-Simonsen offered the sculptor around 2 million kroner (more than $300,000) for the work. Asked why complaints weren't voiced to the artist earlier, the mayor says the staff didn't want to bother Steen.
Some outlying areas like Sunnmore are interested, and that town's mayor has offered to erect the sculpture in a coastal location.