Ian Ward Garlant in front of a piece in Love Norway X
Ian Ward Garlant made his name in the men’s fashion houses of London. But the part-English, part-Norwegian fashion designer eventually decided he wanted to do something else. So he gave up life among the sartorial elite of Savile Row, moved to a small town on a fjord in Norway, and began creating large-scale sculptures that would please Thor himself.
Now his work, inspired by the landscape of his adopted home, is making an appearance at the American Swedish Institute in a show called Love Norway X that revolves around two large sculptural reliefs, commissioned by ASI and the Royal Norwegian Honorary Consulate to mark the 200th anniversary of Norway’s Constitution Day and celebrate the peaceful separation of Norway and Sweden.
Garlant created the two installations—a large-scale wall relief and a freestanding monolith covered in runic engraving—in collaboration with artisans in Hastlestrans, the town where he lives. The pieces are a paean to the history, traditions, and national character of his newfound home. Or as the show’s organizers put it: Garlant’s love letter to the people of Norway. May 10–Oct. 19. 2600 Park Ave., Mpls., 612-871-4907, asimn.org