This tiger represents strength! I was lucky to get a photo without the usual crowd of tourists. Here is a quote from the the official travel guide to Oslo:
The tiger in front of Oslo Central Station is one of Oslo's most photographed "inhabitants" and one of the first things that meet a visitor arriving at Oslo Central Station.
When Oslo celebrated its 1000-year anniversary in 2000, Eiendomsspar wanted to give the city a gift. Oslo wanted a tiger, and that's what they got: a 4.5-metre bronze tiger made by Elena Engelsen.
Why a tiger?
The reason Oslo wanted a tiger, is the city's nickname Tigerstaden ("The Tiger City"), which most Norwegians are familiar with. The name was probably first used by Norwegian poet Bjørnstjerne Bjørnson. His poem "Sidste Sang" from 1870 describes a fight between a horse and a tiger; the tiger representing the dangerous city and the horse the safe countryside.
An impressive and lifelike work of art. The low point of view and the sidelight make it even more impressive. A well executed photo! Yes, the strength here really is perceptible ...
Thank you for th.e informative note - and the interesting satellite view!
When I visited Oslo in 1998 it unfortunately still wasn't yet there ...
Greetings to you both from Siegen wherea whiff of winter is announced for this weekend!