Vigelandsparken is a beautiful park filled with 212 sculptures by renowned Norwegian sculptor Gustav Vigeland. It's the largest park in Oslo, and even if you're not interested in art it's a beautifully designed natural outdoor space to walk around or relax in. The park was designed by Vigeland and explores the connection between art, nature and humanity which is experienced through several larger collections connected by streams and parkways. The fountain, the 17-metre tall monolith, the Bridge lined with bronze sculptures depicting the stages of life, and the Wheel of Life are a few of the many striking and unmissable pieces.
Vigelandsparken is easily reached by tram #12. It's free!
The iconic Vigeland Sculpture Park - the largest such park in the world - is one of Norway's most famous tourist attractions. Open year round, this unique sculpture park is Gustav Vigeland's lifework and contains 650 of his dynamic sculptures in bronze, granite and wrought iron. Vigeland was in charge of the design and layout of the park (completed in 1949), placing the majority of sculptures in five themed groups along a 2,800 ft long axis. The oldest is the fountain group, depicting the cycle of human life, beyond which can be seen the 55 ft high Monolith comprising 121 intertwined human bodies. (If you're interested in learning more about Vigeland the artist, visit the Vigeland Museum near Oslo's Municipal Museum.)
A Disney theme park that brought us back 1,000 years to experience the Viking Age. "This area is known as the homeland of the Viking kings," has a lot of history, including the remains of King Harald Fairhair – the man who reunited Norway. They capitalized on this and attracted more people to the region.
They credit Thor and Game of Thrones with a renewed interest in Vikings worldwide, sparking the idea to create the first theme park centered on the Scandinavian warriors. Early artists' impressions of Asgard-Viking Adventure Park show mythical swirling towers, turquoise-lit waterfalls and a plethora of pastel colors. So are we about to see the Disneyfication of the Vikings?
They admire the Disney model, but used less plastic and more natural materials in our Viking land. We're aiming to create a Viking-atmosphere by locating the park in an environment that's pretty much as it was in the Viking-age." Only with more ice-cream vendors and light shows, presumably. We enjoyed the rides, rollercoasters, restaurants, Viking longships, an amphitheatre for concerts in summertime and a Viking-style village. We got dressed up as a Viking, learn about tools, played with swords and, went on battles with costumed Vikings. The new theme park is intended to portray a softer nicer side to Norway's Viking history.
Updates and improvements to the park will reopen in 2017.
A friend of mine visited Oslo two years ago and brougt me back a book on Vigeland and his history and the park. Well seeing it in real life was fantastic and he was truly a remarkable sculpture with exciting ideas
It's an unique sculpture park with more than 200 sculptures made by bronze and granite . The great sculptor Gustav Vigeland has made human figures from their childhood to their old age in different poses and scenes of their lives.
It's not only that I visited in January, but it was dark and I'm so sorry I cannot offer you what should be seen in the park. In Oslo, in the winter it gets dark early at 4:00 pm, so please, have it on mind if you visit the country at this time. And one tip - if there is snow, climb the central stairs, where the snow is cleaned, not the side ones. I was so surprised to see how my friends were walking so fast and the other 2 of us were like creeping from the left side. It's really simple and close to the mind but I'm not very logical every time.
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 ;)
Officially named Frognerparken, it acquiored the name by which it is better known through the artist who sculpted all this beautiful artwork: Gustav Vigeland, The centre of the park is the 17 metre high monolith with 121 human figures. Two other suclptures, a sundial and the "Wheel of life" are standing nearby. They are surrounded by 212 sculptures, mostly human figures. They depict a human life from birth to death, including different emotions. Among those, one called "Sinnataggen" or "Angry Boy" is quite popular. Children will love some of the smaller sculptures onto which they can happily climb - it is allowed. Vigelandsparken was designed during the war years and took its present form in 1949. Some of the suclptures however are older, the oldest being from 1907. It is the world's largest collection of sculptures made by a single artist. The park is accessible to visitors day and night and is regarded as Norway's most popular tourist attraction. Close to the park, you will find a museum dedicated to Gustav Vigeland where you can see more of his work.
Vigelandsparken is something else. At first glance it is just another city park where crammed in apartment buildings city folks go to breathe some fresh air and pretend that they are on a trip back to Nature. Once inside the park gates though, it quickly becomes clear that there is much more to that, namely art in the form of sculpture and tonnes of it! It is interesting to figure out where the inspiration for this colossal work came from. In Europe monuments on similar scale have their roots in the glorification of military exploits. Napoleon is probably the first fellow to inspire such pouring of grand mania either on his behalf or against him. Twentieth century with its miserable two world wars certainly had a lot of material too and mausoleum-like complexes have sprung all over the old continent. But Vigelandsparken seems to surpass them all with the sheer number of sculptures and bas-reliefs. Moreover, the theme seems to be rather mundane (if life itself can be mundane) and definitely not epic thus making it even more overwhelming. At the same time there is no boring moment at any point of this naturally staged climactic composition carried away on the wings of thinly veiled sexual desires in incredible variety of situations. If this was indeed a work of one single man, he must be a genius! Wonderful!
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.
Vigelandsparken park (Frognerparken) I would say is the biggest tourist attraction in Oslo and the biggest park in Oslo (320.000 m2). I was flabbergasted when I first visited the park. We stopped by there after midnight and the statues were breathtaking. It was on a still, starry April night and it is a night I will never forget. So the next day I visited it again in the daylight and was speechless again.
Vigelandsparken looks like an outdoor sculpture museum with 214 sculptures all made by Gustav Vigeland, whose name Frognerparken goes by. But of course he had a lot of people helping him with cutting out the statues.
Now The Bridge was the first part of the park to be opened to the public in 1940. It is amazing, with 58 statues on both sides of the bridge all along the 100 meter´s long bridge. Mind you, all the statues are naked and many of them are struggling and angry and can make one exhausted from all these expressions. But the theme of the park is man´s journey through life from birth until death - and all the emotions a man can feel during this life journey.
I add more photos of the statues on The Bridge in a travelogue.
Behind The Monolith is the Sundial with the astrological signs. It was forged in 1930. There is another sundial by the entrance of the OM museum in Vigelandsparken, but this one is much more beautiful and well made.
Up on the hill behind the Sundial is the statue Livshjulet or The Wheel of Life. It was made in 1934. It depicts 4 people and a baby holding on to one another on the wheel of life - representing eternity. And representing the theme of the park, man´s journey through life, from birth until death, with all the emotions that a man can feel during his life journey.
In another end of the park is another statue up on a small hill, The Family.
I add one photo of the statue of Gustav Vigeland, which is located by the main entrance of the park, right in front of the Visitor Centre.
After visiting The Fountain you walk up to the highest point of Vigelandsparken park and up there stands the amazing Monolith - Monolitten in Norwegian, the biggest attraction of Vigelandsparken park. It is breathtaking as well, 14 meters high and cut out of one block of granite.
The Monolith shows 121 naked human figures crawling up to the sky, women, men and small children alike. It is both breathtaking and disturbing at the same time. It is almost too much to take in at one glance. It represents the human desire to get close to God and is ment to show togetherness as the figures are embracing one another. To me it showed more of a desperation and people stepping on one another, but that is just my opinion and twisted mind ;)
It took 3 stone carvers 14 years to finish The Monolith.
Below The Monolith and all around it are dozens of statues (see my next tip).
The Monolith is a must see while visiting Oslo.