Cool’n crazy sights in Norway Nr 2. Oslo’s Sculpture Park
You like kids, right? I do, too. I am not sure though if Gustav Vigeland did. That’s the second most famous Norwegian artist you should know after Munch. Vigeland depicted children in disturbing poses. But not solely. Vigeland was a very passionate and productive artist. He did sculpture figures of children but also of women and men, naturally naked and in all positions I could possible imagine. Vigeland was so efficient that he got some major space in Oslo’s Frogner Park, in order to design a whole sculpture open air gallery. So he did.
Vigeland was the sole artist of Oslo’s sculpture masterpiece and his sculpture arrangement a lifetime commitment, which he started in 1906 and worked on until his death in 1943. The park houses about 200 statues and has an Art Deco architectural touch, so you can imagine how thrilled I was to be there. Every square inch is meticulously planned and arranged. It’s geometrical perfection penetrated by artistic beauty that generates goose bumps.
If you have a thing for giant men and big women, wearing nothing but birthday suit, this is your playground. I was wondering, where all the fornicators hide, but surely, that’s not a difficult issue to solve, if you’re interested in a spot. The park is huge. Have fun.
One of the park’s most popular statues is angry stamping boy (Sinnataggen), outshining Vigeland’s monument.
You can march as if a royal procession, first enter through the imposing main gate, then promenade the bridge with the Children’s Playground, forget time at the Fountain arrangement, parade the Monolith Plateau and marvel at the Wheel of Life. The park’s theme is man’s journey from the cradle to the grave. You don’t have to walk all the way.
Gates CAN be arty.
At the bridge. Children’s Playground.
This is what Vigeland REALLY had in mind for the kids, when he named it Children’s Playground.
Please, don’t rub the baby. It’s having a hard time as it is.
They should have named the bridge adult’s playground.
A must do is imitation posing.
The iron sculptures are in many ways inspiring.
Do NOT do that.
Enough is enough. Move on kids.
Arrived at the Fountain. Without water. Who cares about water at THE Fountain.
These are the Fountain trees. This is what I want in my garden. I am grown up and I want a garden and Vigeland tree sculptures in it.
The bronze reliefs along the outer side of the Fountain actually symbolise the eternal life cycle of mankind. After the tree with the skeleton, follow trees with children: from death arises new life. So poetic.
The floor around the Fountain is actually a mega mosaic-maze in black and white granite, taking you for a walk of 3 km, if you manage to pretend that there are impenetrable walls for a decent amount of time.
- Roses are red,
- Violets are blue,
- Sugar is sweet,
- Vigeland-Park is too.
The Monolith Plateau. Here you can play with a lot of enormous stony sculptures.
Beautiful girl gets beautiful frame.
Mellow hubby at handsome statue.
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|Heh, what’d’ya mean? Okay, last one.||The Monolith Unicorn!|
PS. The Vigeland park is free! I know it’s Norway, but it IS free… as a bird.