The Art of Arendelle

With the year quickly coming to a close that means its time to look ahead at all the exciting new experiences that Walt Disney World has in store for us in 2016. Among those will be an expansion of Epcot’s Norway Pavilion including the “Frozen Ever After” boat ride and “Royal Sommerhus” character meet and greet complex. For now, though, these additions are blocked off from the rest of the pavilion by a series of construction walls until they are completed.

Despite the popularity of “Frozen,” the graphics placed on these constriction walls are surprisingly subtle. Instead of showcasing characters such as Elsa, Anna, or Olaf, these banners depict four stylized Scandinavian scenes, each depicting one of the four seasons. The one shown above, for instance, represents winter. However, sharp-eyed fans of “Frozen” may recognize the artwork in these banners as being the same designs depicted on tapestries that can be seen hanging in the film’s Arendelle Castle.

The tapestry designs, which were created by artist Brittney Lee, were inspired by the Norwegian folk art tradition of Rosemaling. This traditional form of decorative art proved very influential in not only for these pieces but for much of the designs seen throughout the film including clothing and even the appearance of Elsa’s ice magic. So, next time you watch “Frozen,” or visit Epcot’s Norway Pavilion for that matter, be sure to keep an eye out for more rosemaling.

For more about the making of “Frozen,” I highly recommend checking out Brittney Lee’s blog.

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