So weird but so wonderful. Oslo’s Vigeland Park is the quirkiest and most fascinating park I have ever visited. I don’t get too excited about sculptures and such, and I had no idea what to expect but as I arrived at Vigeland Park after exciting adventures conquering the heights of Holmenkollen Ski Jump I was in for an intriguing surprise! Over 200 naked human figures in all its glorious simplicity and in all variety of poses and situations.The unique Vigeland Park is the largest sculpture park in the world by a single artist, Gustav Vigeland. Set along a boulevard among large areas of green grass the Vigeland installation consists of 212 sculptures made from bronze, granite wrought iron.
The main theme in the park is the circle of life, human relationships, men and women, young and old. The essence and emotions of human life. Human life at its purest. I was intrigued by the simple and timeless yet provoking creations. The collection includes weeping babies, moody toddlers, entwined lovers, tranquil elderly couples and a lot more. So weird but so wonderful.Vigeland Park’s central boulevard is lined with 58 bronze sculptures and takes you to the main area of the park.The Fountain shows six giants carrying a massive vessel on their shoulders. Around the pool there are 20 trees with sculptures, each representing a different stage of human life, from childhood to death. The ground around the fountain is surrounded by black and white granite mosaic. The geometrical pattern shapes a labyrinth that is almost 3 km long and depicts that you can find the right way out of life’s labyrinth with patience.The Monolith is the grand centre of Vigeland Park. The 17-metre tall sculpture is situated on a plateau high above the park. It is carved out of one giant granite block and comprises 121 human figures that support and hold onto each other. Dotted around the Monolith are 36 groups of figures that represent cycles of life and relationships.Wandering around Vigeland Park trying to interpret the incredible sculptures was a lot of fun and one of the highlights of my visit to Oslo. The interplay between the sculptures, green areas and architecture is an attractive sight. Vigeland Park is a unique place and not to be missed when in Oslo.
How to get to Vigeland Park
Vigeland Park is part of the large Frogner Park located a couple of kilometres outside Oslo city centre and can easily be reached by tram, bus and metro.
Tram: number 12, stop: Vigelandsparken
Bus: number 20, stop: Vigelandsparken
Metro: all westbound metro lines, stop: Majorstuen, only a short 10-minute walk to the park
Vigeland Park is open all year round. No entrance fee.
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