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    Vigeland Park - Must See Oslo Park!

    by jumpingnorman Written Oct 27, 2008

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    Vigeland Park, Oslo, Norway
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    I have seen pictures of the Vigeland Park before, but it is really different when you see for yourself the naked statues of Gustav Vigeland in several different intertwining and related poses.

    Vigeland (1869-1943) is Norway’s greatest sculptor who struck a deal with the city to put his works on perspectives of all aspects of human life in this beautiful 75 acre garden. His work commenced on 1924 and was completed sometime in 1943, although the work seems to be continuing with restorations because the monolith of 121 figures rocketing up to the sky was covered in “net” when I visited the park. Park workers were also meticulously cleaning the statues ( I think it is a total of 600 figures, including some 192 bronze and granite structures) with water or some kind of solution since the Norwegians really value this park. It is a safe haven which is always open and well-lit at night. During the day when I visited, there were dog lovers walking their beloved companions, and it looked like they all knew each other.

    It does have a museum containing exhibits on how Vigeland orchestrated the massive project in Oslo. I have also read that his ashes are placed strategically somewhere in the park.

    Definitely, this place which evokes Norwegian art and life and invokes patriotism, is a must-see when visiting Oslo. I decided to walk all the way from the city center, but others may find it more convenient to use the public transpo: Bus #20,#45, and Tram #12 and #19, if using T-Bane: Majorstuen and a 5 minute walk.

    Each figure has its own interpretation of human life, but I particularly like the father and child pictures as they reminded me of my own relationship with my kids.

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    Vigeland Sculpture Park

    by Bernd_L Updated May 30, 2006

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    Granite monument

    Olso's largest public park is a must for art lovers. It exhibits some 200 sculptures built by Norways famous artist Gustav Vigeland using granite, bronze and wrought iron. From the top of the hill in the middle of the park you also have a wonderful view over the city.

    See more about this impressing park on my Vigeland Scupture Park Travelogue

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    Vigelandsparken

    by diocletianvs Updated Apr 26, 2005

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    Vigelands park

    Every tourist guide of Oslo proudly presents this park as a masterpiece of "famous Norwegian artist" Gustav Vigeland. Now, let's suppose you do have some education in history of art (like me). Still you have to wonder. Gustav who?

    "Son of a master carpenter and descendant of a long line of farmers" Gustav Vigeland (1869-1943) "was brought up in a strictly religious environment" ... "As a boy, Gustav Vigeland had shown exceptional ability as a woodcarver and when he was 15 he got an apprenticeship in Oslo. Vigeland soon realised that he was destined to be a sculptor." It is not hard to find stuff like this by simple googling.

    So, this "destined to be a sculptor" who was greatly impressed by Rodin's work he saw in Paris got a dilapidated studio in Oslo from municipal authorities in 1902. When it later became necessary to demolish this studio he entered into a series of agreements with the City council that provided him a new studio. In return left all his sculptures to the city.

    A rather naive reason for a city to become the owner of a rather naive collection of sculptures of a rather naive artist.

    Today, the Vigeland park is the most visited single tourist attraction in Norway. The park covers an area of 80 hectares and Vigeland's 212 sculptures, all modelled in full size, are divided into five units: Main Entrance, The Bridge with the children's playground, The Fountain, The Monolith Plateau and The Wheel of Life.

    This is a great park area for walks and enjoying in fresh air. But if you intend to see some works of real Norwegian artists please visit the Munch museum instead!

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    The Vigeland Park

    by HORSCHECK Updated Feb 4, 2012

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    Vigeland Park - Old men sculptures
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    The Vigeland Park is Oslo's largest park and it is home to more than 200 scuptures of the artist Gustav Vigeland (1869-1943).

    The sculptures illustrate all aspects of human life and emotions and they are made of granite, bronze or wrought iron.

    Directions
    The Vigeland Park is located a bit northeast of the city centre and can be reached by tram 12 (Vigelandsparken).

    Website: http://www.vigeland.museum.no/

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    Vigelandpark

    by littlesam1 Updated Apr 14, 2005

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    The Angry Man

    Pictured here is the angry man tossing children from Vigeland Park. I know its a bit on the violent side but it was one of my favorite statues in Vigeland Park. For some reason it commanded my attention everytime I walked past it more than any of the other statues.

    The park itself covers an area of 80 acres. There are 212 sculptures by Gustav Vigeland in the park. Vigeland spent 40 years of his life creating the life size statues and desiging the park. However the majority of the sculptures were not installed until after his death. The park is always open 24 hours a day. The gates are never locked. The museum is open Tuesday - Sunday 12 pm until 4 pm in the winter. Tuesday - Sunday 11 am - 5 pm from June through August.

    Check out the two travelouges for more information and pictures from the park.

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    VIGELANDSPARKEN - general info

    by Maria_75 Updated Sep 30, 2004

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    The main entrance to Vigelandsparken

    This is perhaps the most famous touristattraction in Oslo, and is visited by thousands of tourists all year around. Situated in Frognerparken, a beautiful park, near Majorstua.

    There are 212 sculptures here in bronze and granite and several wrought iron gates. Everyone designed by Gustav Vigeland (1869-1943), and the park itself is made after drawings by Vigeland. Over an area of 80 acres, and along an 850 meter long axis are the sculptures gathered in five bigger units; hovedportalen (the main entrance), broen med barneplassen (the bridge with the children's playground), fontenen (the fountain), monolittplataaet (the monolith plateau) and livshjulet (the wheel of life).

    The park was constructed over several years. By the beginning of the century some areas were open to the public, and by 1950 the last elements was in place.

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    VIGELANDSPARKEN - Gustav Vigeland

    by Maria_75 Updated Sep 30, 2004

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    Gustav Vigeland

    Gustav Vigeland was born in Mandal, April 11, 1869. His father was a master carpenter who had his own furniture workshop, and at the age of 19 Gustav moved to Oslo.

    In the beginning he worked as a woodcarver in a woodcarving workshop, before he started studying with other masters, travelling around the world and making beautiful sculptures.

    Vigeland was supposedly a person of great intensity in feelings and expressiveness, and this is very apparent in his sculptures. He was influenced by many artists, and the most influencial was perhaps the norwegian painter Edvard Munch.

    In the beginning of the 1900's Vigeland made a contract with the city of Oslo; they would give him all that he needed, if he would let the city have all the works that he produced. After this he was working on the park all the time, untill he died of a heart disease in 1943. Today the park is a great contribution to the city, and it is open day and night, all year around.

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    Abraham Lincoln in Oslo

    by littlesam1 Updated Apr 18, 2005

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    In Frogner Park just outside the entrance to Vigelandsparken I found this memorial to Abraham Lincoln. It really surprised me. I can understand a memorial to Franklin Roosevelt in Norway because of his contributions during World War II. But to find one of Abraham Lincoln was such a surprise for an American tourist.

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    Vigelandsparken

    by thelittlevoice Written Jul 1, 2004

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    It covers an area of 80 acres. The 212 sculptures are all modelled in full size by Gustav Vigeland. He also designed the architectural setting and the layout of the grounds. The sculptures are placed on an 850 metre long axis divided into 5 main units: Main Entrance, The Bridge with the children's playground, The Fountain, The Monolith Plateau and The Wheel of Life.

    The admission is free.

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    Sonia Henie Memorial

    by littlesam1 Updated Apr 19, 2005

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    Sonia Heine Memorial

    Just outside of Vigelslandparken you will find a memorial to Sonia Henie. Sonia Henie was born in 1912 and died in 1969. She won three Olympic gold medals in figure skating. She turned professional skater in 1936. She became a film star in the United States in movies that featured her skating. She also performed in traveling ice shows in the United States in the 1950's. Being a huge figure skating fan finding Sonia's memorial was a special treat for me.

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    The Vigeland park

    by Hildeal Updated Apr 6, 2012

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    Free admission.

    Also called Frognerparken

    Visit this park and see the marvelous sculptures made by Gustav Vigeland. All of the 212 sculptures are modeled by Gustav Vigeland and he also designed the layout of the grounds. The sculptures are divided into 5 main units along an 805 metro long axis: the Main entrance

    so what makes this sculpture park so special?
    One reason seems to be the great interaction between the sculptures and the park landscape that gives us a special expression in lightening and seasons.
    Another reason is that Vigeland's sculptures are all about life itself. We see humans in all ages and in all moods and we identify with them.
    A third reason is that almost all sculptures are given its form by one single person.

    "Sinnataggen"
    On the bridge you can also see the popular sculpture of an angry little boy called "Sinnataggen." he's angry with his parents for not giving him enough attention.

    Some years ago it actually disappeared for a while when someone cut of the leg on the little boy and stole it.

    Monolitten : this is the most amazing sculpture in the Vigeland park. The monolith is 17 m high. It took many years to cut out the 121 people in the sculpture. It's all made from one stone block.

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    Vigeland park

    by truus_s Written Feb 6, 2004

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    When Vigeland was promised a new studio at Froger in 1921..he changed his plan again and proposed placing the fountian the granite groups and the latest addition.the Monolith.a culom og human figures to be carved in granite on the site immediately outside..

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    VIGELANDSPARKEN - the bridge

    by Maria_75 Updated Sep 30, 2004

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    'Sinnataggen' - the angry boy

    This is perhaps the most famous touristattraction in Oslo, and is visited by thousands of tourists all year around. Situated in Frognerparken, a beautiful park, near Majorstua.

    The sculptures on the bridge were from the latest works of Vigeland, but some of the first to be installed in the park. Here you can also find the very popular Sinnataggen (angry boy).

    The bridge is 100 m long and 15 m wide, and is lined with sculptures and lanterns. Under the bridge is a small playground, it is circular and has eight bronzesculptures. In the middle is a sculpture of an unborn baby.

    On the river you can find plenty of ducks and swans. It is very popular, specially by children, to come here and feed the birds.

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    VIGELANDSPARKEN - the fountain

    by Maria_75 Updated Sep 30, 2004

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    The fountain in Vigelandsparken

    This is perhaps the most famous touristattraction in Oslo, situated in Frognerparken, a beautiful park, near Majorstua.

    In this fountain you can see the eternal cycle of man, from birth to death, and returning back to birth again. In the middle are six giants carrying an enormous vessel.

    The installation of the fountain was finally finished in 1947, after years of planning and finding a place for it. The 20 tree-sculptures were all made from 1906-1914, and the relieves along the fountain were finished in 1936, also showing the cycle of mankind.

    This is a great fountain, and it's really nice to walk around it and look at the people evolving from newborns to old skeleton-like figures.

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    VIGELANDSPARKEN - the monolith plateau

    by Maria_75 Updated Sep 30, 2004

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    The monolith in Vigelandsparken

    This is perhaps the most famous touristattraction in Oslo, situated in Frognerparken, a beautiful park, near Majorstua.

    This sculpture, the monolith, is 17 meters high and consits of 121 figures. The whole sculpture is carved from one single granite stone; mono (one) litho (stone). It stands on the highest point in the park, overlooking the rest of the sculptures.

    In 1924 Vigeland spent only ten months making a full size model in clay. Three stonecarvers were working on the granite block from 1929 untill they were finally finished in 1943. After that, 36 sculptures were placed on the plateau surrounding the monolith.

    It's really amazing to walk along and watch the sculptures. They are so accurate and life-like, and the hard stone looks really so soft that you want to touch it and see if it really is stone.

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