The City of Oslo has more than 1100 permanent artistic decorations in its possession. Some of them were created in the 19th century but the majority were carried out from the second half of the last century and up to the present day. Some were donated by citizens, but since 1945 the city’s political government has taken an increasing responsibility for presenting substantial permanent decorations. Consequently these decorations may reflect ordinary people’s artistic tastes, but are more likely to reflect the various political and artistic ideals typical of this period.