OSLO, Norway, Aug. 15 (UPI) -- A performance artist is gathering hundreds of people in the Norwegian capital to recreate Edvard Munch's "The Scream" for the artist's 150th birthday.
Marina Abramovich, a Serbian-born performance artist based in New York, said she gathered her first group of people Thursday in Oslo's Ekeberg sculpture park, the location said to have inspired the background of Munch's famous painting, to pay tribute to the artist and his work by screaming at the top of their lungs, The Local.no reported Thursday.
"I do not like sculptures in parks. They are best when they are pristine and untouched," Abramovich said. "But when I was told this was the place where Munch was inspired to paint 'The Scream,' I could not believe that no one had thought of doing this already."
Abramovich said about 300 people are expected to participate during the five days of screaming.
An advertisement for the event said participants would receive instructions on how to get the best emotional release from their screams.
"Marina and a personal trainer will guide you to complete your screams. All you need is to do is to be present in the moment," an advertisement told potential volunteers," the advertisement said. "Each scream will have a symbolic association with Munch's painting, but it is first and foremost your own experience and contact with yourself is important."