“Storelgen” – The world’s biggest moose

Havard Ruud

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The world's biggest moose is 32 feet tall, and "lives" in Norway - Photo credit Jan Kristoffersen.
The world’s biggest moose is 32 feet tall, and “lives” in Norway – Photo credit: Jan Kristoffersen.

The world’s biggest moose sculpture was recently uncovered in Norway. The sculpture towers 32 feet (10 meters) above the ground, and stretches 39 feet (12 meters), and it’s located in the municipality of Stor-Elvdal in the county of Hedmark.

The moose sculpture is designed by Norwegian artist Linda Bakke, and is made out of stainless, polished steel. The sculpture was made in parts in China and transported in pieces to Norway where it was assembled during the summer.

These - and severel other - colorful antlers are hung up in the tree tops in Hedmark, Norway to break the monotony of the Norwegian roads - Photo credit: Norwegian Public Roads Administration
These – and severel other – colorful antlers are hung up in the tree tops in Hedmark, Norway to break the monotony of the Norwegian roads – Photo credit: Norwegian Public Roads Administration

But the gigantic moose is not just there for your veiwing pleasure. It’s positioned by one of the most trafficked roads in Hedmark, and its real purpose is to hopefully make you stop, take a picture of the sculpture, rest your eyes, and break up the monotonically road between Oslo and Trondheim. Hopefully you’ll wake up and won’t hit a real living moose as you make your way through Eastern Norway.

This railway bridge has five pop art moose on it to wake up motorists on the road - Photo credit: Norwegian Public Roads Administration
This railway bridge has five pop art moose on it to wake up motorists on the road – Photo credit: Norwegian Public Roads Administration

So far this year more than 1000 moose have been hit by cars, according to local newspaper Østlendingen.

Several actions have been taken to reduce the numbers of accidents the last couple of years. A railway bridge covered with five moose painted in pop art style and close to 100 colorful antlers in the tree tops are supposed to raise awareness to the many motorists on the road.

The gigantic moose cost a little more than €200,000, and in addition the Norwegian Public Roads Administration has created a picnic stop in the area worth €2.7 m.

It could be worth mentioning that giant moose droppings made out of granite is spread around the picnic stop.

Rumors has it that some Canadians already want to break the record by building an even bigger moose.

 

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