William Pye Water Scupture


On 5th May 2008 I won a major international sculpture competition for an artwork incorporating water to occupy a new square in the town of Drammen, near Oslo, in Norway.

The jury, comprising professional artists, the donors and members of the town council, unanimously chose my proposal from a short list of five that comprised artists from the United States, Germany, Norway and Britain.

'Vannpaviljong' is visible and eye-catching from afar and is something with which the public can interact. It is not a building but is something that one can enter and pass through, experiencing and enjoying the various effects from both inside and out.

There is rollwaving water on the outside of the mirror-polished stainless steel walls, and curtains of jetted water. On the top a double skinned transparent dome contains lively water activity with programmed LED lighting.

Its unveiling formed part of a ceremony celebrating the transformation of Stromso Square on 18th June 2011.

  • Members of the public interacting with Vannpaviljong
  • Members of the public interacting with Vannpaviljong
  • Vannpaviljong at night

Design & Concept

  • Stromso square in Drammen
  • sketch of sculpture footprint
  • orginal sketch for water sculpture
  • image of water rollwaves on mirror polished stainless steel
  • curtain of water jets


  • Maquette of Vannpaviljong
  • Maquette of Vannpaviljong
  • Double dome built to test the water effects
  • Testing the LED lighting in the dome


  • Fabrication
  • Testing the jets which will form a curtain of water
  • Site visit in December 2010
  • Completion in the workshop in England
  • Completion of the concrete foundations
  • Aerial view of Stromso square
  • Craning in the top of the work
  • The installation on site
  • a view of Vannpavilijong at the end of the installation

Completion and launch

  • The unveiling on 18th June 2011
  • Members of the public discover the new water sculpture