Vigelandsparken, Oslo

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    VIGELANDSPARKEN - the wheel of life

    by Maria_75 Updated Sep 30, 2004

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    The sundial in Vigelandsparken

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

    On the other side of the park, from the main entrance, is the wheel of life and the sundial.This is an amazing calendar that shows the time and date by a shadow moving over the sundial. This sculpture was completed around 1930.

    The wheel of life was completed in 1933-1934. It is another symbol on the cycle of eternity in mankind. You can find children, men and women holding on to each other, with all kinds of passions and moods.

    The whole park is really amazing, and it is an relaxed atmosphere here. Everytime I go to the park I see something new, and there is always something that touches me.

    You can see couples in love strolling around, but only seeing eachother. Families walking their dog, tourists taking pictures, schoolclasses drawing the sculptures or children climbing and playing on the sculptures. This is really the essence of the park. It is open and welcoming, and it is for everyone. But the best of all is that you don't just have to look at it through a glass, you can touch it and be a part of it.

    Click here to see more of my pictures from Vigelandsparken

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    Vigelandsparken

    by Igraine Updated May 13, 2004

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    I had heard a lot about this park and read about it too ( like the novel from Jan Kjærstad, Rand) so was very curious to see it. So from central station we set out for this park immediatly. It was quite a walk but not unpleasant, we crossed the main streets to end up at the main entrance. When you enter, your eyes gets immediatly drawn to the far end where the Monolith is placed.
    Secondly the fall colors in this park were fabulous, it certainly added to my pleasure of seeing it. We walked to the Monolith plateau and sat there for a while to enjoy the sights. Sadly we couldnt see all of the park since we hadnt much time.

    On the museums website you can read all about the history of the park and its designer Gustav Vigeland.

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    Wonderful Place To Spend An Afternoon

    by Donna_in_India Written Jan 23, 2008

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    Staute at Vigeland Park

    Vigeland Park is 80 acres big. Since it was a sunny Sunday when we visited many people were out having picnics and just enjoying themselves. This park has always been one of my favorite places in Oslo.

    It has a huge center fountain, a Monolith, and over 200 full size sculptures (people) in bronze and stone by Gustav Vigeland who also designed the layout of the park.

    The monolith at over 17 metres high was carved from one single granite block. It has an amazing 121 figures carved in it that are said to represent man’s longing for the spiritual and the divine.

    The fountain’s theme is the eternal life cycle. Around the fountain are figures that depict the life of man from cradle to grave.

    Leading from the main entrance is a 100 metre bridge with 58 figures along both sides. Probably the mot famous is “Angry Boy”, which is also one of my favorites.

    Out of all the wonderful sculptures in the park my favorites are on the Monolith Plateau. There are 36 figure groups whose them is the same as the fountains, man’s life cycle, but here man is depicted in different situations and relationships. There are sculptures of a young couple with a child, a young and an old woman, a woman with several children, etc. Really wonderful!

    Open all year, 24 hours.

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    Vigeland Park

    by ChiTownMike Updated May 28, 2004

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    Vigeland Park

    Vigeland Park is free, relaxing and scenic. Not hard to see why this is a popular attraction in Oslo. Spread a blanket on the grass or check out the dozens of sculptures in the park. The peacefulness of the park make it quite easy to forget as you stroll around that you are in a capital city.

    The park seems to offer something for everyone. I saw people observing all the statues, people reading and others playing soccer.

    The large monolith is the centerpiece of the park and dominates the space around it. Figures surrounding the monolith are supposed to represent the cycle of life.

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    Awe-inspiring

    by Emmjai Written Oct 11, 2003

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    father and Son in Vigland

    ... is about all you can say about this wonderful, 'mustn't miss' open air sculpture park in almost the centre of Oslo. The statues are dynamic, (if that isn't a contradiction in terms!) and the detail captured in the faces, and manerisms, are magic. As you can tell, I loved the place.

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    Vigeland Sculpture Park

    by marielexoteria Updated Jan 8, 2008

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    One of the must sees in Oslo. It's an open air park with sculptures created by Gustav Vigeland. This park is so big it's divided into 6 areas: The Main Gate, The Bridge, The Children’s Playground, The Fountain, The Monolith Plateau and the Wheel of Life. The statues portray people engaging in everyday things, like hugging. The white statues, made of granite, are darker on the private parts, butts and breasts because that's where people like placing their hands the most hehe.

    During the summer this is a popular picnic place, which I can understand not only from the beauty of the gardens but because Kafé Vigeland isn't exactly cheap.

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    VIGELAND - SCULPTURE PARK

    by Umea6 Updated Jan 23, 2007

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    This is Oslo's number one attraction, a huge park are with ponds, trees and lawns. You can see Norway's most celebrated sculptor Gustav Vigeland's statues. He spend more than 40 years creating these life-size statues. There are more then 200 of them, presenting the human body and many of its forms.

    At the centre of the park is the most impressive piece, the Monolith, a gigantic sculpture of writhing bodies carved from a single column of stone, and believed to be the largest granite sculpture in the world at a height of 14m. Surrounding the column are groups of human sculptures in various forms of interaction with each other.

    The most famous and most photographed piece is the Angry Boy, a fat child stamping his foot. There are many more sculptures to be seen in the park and in the nearby Vigeland Museum, featuring a display on the development of the artist’s work and his sketches and plaster originals.

    Opening Time:
    The park is always open.
    The museum is open from Tuesday to Sunday 12pm to 4pm (September to May), and from Tuesday to Sunday from 11am to 5pm (June to August)

    Admission:
    Free admission to the park.
    The museum costs NOK45 (adults) and NOK25 (children)

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    Vigeland park 1

    by prleprle Updated Jan 18, 2004

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    Vigeland pak, Oslo, Norway

    Vigeland park is really undoubtly main attraction of Oslo and one of the artistic highlights of Norway. The park contains 192 sculptures with more than 600 figures, all modeled in full size by Gustav Vigeland without the assistance of pupils or other artists. Vigeland also designed the architectural setting and the layout of the grounds.

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    Vigelandsparken - The statues by the Monolith.

    by Regina1965 Updated May 30, 2012

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    By the extraordinary Monolith with its 121 human figures there are many statues. They are so extraordinary that I thought they deserved a special tip - and the rest of the photos I add in a travelogue.

    There are statues that stir up a lot of emotion and thinking. There is one statue showing a toothless old woman comforting or praying for a young woman, the only difference in the statues was the age. A mother with kids riding on her back, people fighting, 2 old ladies, old men, happy children, a statue which is a bunch of children in one bundle. The details in the statues are astounding and each one of them deserves to be looked at.

    These statues by The Monolith make a good photo opportunity.

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    by prleprle Updated Jan 18, 2004

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    Vigeland park, Oslo, Norway

    The Fountain is the earliest sculpture unit in the park. In the center of the basin, six giants hold the large saucer-shaped vessel aloft and from it a curtain of water spills down around them. The men, representing different ages, may be interpreted as toiling with the burden of life and the effort expended in lifting the heavy vessel varies. Water, a universal symbol of fertility, is used within the fountain complex in a meaningful juxtaposition with the twenty "tree groups" on the surrounding parapet, the latter evidently symbolizing the "tree of life."

    The combination of human beings and trees in two meter high sculptures is one of Vigeland's most original concepts. The tree groups represent a romantic expression of Man's relationship to nature. The also form the setting for life's evolving stages, stretching from childhood and adolescence through adulthood to old age and death.

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    Vigeland park 3

    by prleprle Updated Jan 18, 2004

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    Vigeland park, oslo, Norway

    Surrounding the Monolith are 36 groups in granite depicting the cycle of life. Every sculpture includes at least two figures depicting Man in a variety of typical human situations and relationships. A man and woman sit facing one another with a little child between them. Children play, young men and women dream and embrace. Old age is represented in several groups.
    Very, very impresive!!!!!

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    Vigeland Park

    by SanguiniA Updated Apr 6, 2006

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    Vigeland Park is a stylish sculpture park within the Frogner Park with the life work of the sculptor Gustav Vigeland. There is an impressive collection of 192 sculptures with more than 600 figures. Even more impressive is the fact that Vigeland worked on these alone, with no assistance whatsoever. Vigeland also designed the layout of the park.

    This is a perfect place to spend a leasurely couple of hours strolling around. In winter, covered in snow it looked magnificent, I would imagine that with full greenery in summer it would be quite nice as well.

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    Frognerpark

    by Cristian_Uluru Updated Oct 22, 2005

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    The wonderful Frognerpark is famous thanks to the Vigeland Park. Here you can see more than 671 bronze and granite statues made by Gustav Vigeland. His sculputeres rappresent the time of the human life. The model of the men statues is the same Vigeland.
    The most famous sculputere that you can see in the Vigeland Park is Sinataggen that you can see in the photo.

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    Vigelandsparken: The most famous statue.

    by Regina1965 Updated May 17, 2013

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    Sinnataggen.
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    The most famous statue on The Bridge is by far the small statue of a screaming boy, called Sinnataggen or The Angry boy. Is is angry as he is not getting attention from his parents.

    Everybody seems to know about this statue and there was always a line of people waiting for an opportunity to have their photo taken by this statue. And one can see the bronze colour on one of the hands of the statue, only that hand is shining, seeing that people take the hand of the Angry boy in theirs while they are being photographed. I did the same of course ;)

    While I was here in April-June 2012 somebody painted the Angry boy statue red and while it was being cleaned it turned bright pink.

    I add some photos of The Angry boy, taken at night and in daylight. I add 2 more photos of statues of happy kids on the opposite side of The Bridge. And one of the statue of the kid next to it, dressed in a T-shirt ;)

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    Vigeland Sculpture Park and Museum

    by wroclawiak Written Jan 12, 2006

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    Visiting Oslo you have a good oppurtinity to visit an interesting park called the Vigiland Parken where you can admire some amazing and awsome sculptures of the artist.
    Don't miss the museum. I think you should start with the museum and then visit the park.

    You can find information you need on the website.

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