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Vigeland Park...

The Vigeland Park

 

Our trip today started at the Vigeland Park in Oslo. Located at Majorstua. (Gustav Vigeland (1869-1943)
was born in Mandal in southern Norway, the son of a master carpenter and descendant of a long line of farmers. He was brought up in a strictly religious environment and his father was subject to periods of religious brooding. These factors left deep marks in Vigeland's character) (
THE VIGELAND PARK 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 Vigeland Park includes a great number of Gustav Vigeland's works. Here are 212 sculptures in bronze and granite and several wrought iron gates. Vigeland modelled all his sculptures in full size without any assistance of pupils or other artists. The carving in stone and the casting in bronze were left to a number of talented craftsmen. Vigeland also designed the architectural setting and the layout of the grounds with their far stretching lawns and long straight avenues bordered with maple trees. The construction of the park lasted for a number of years. The area east of the two Frogner ponds had already by the turn of the century been opened to the public.
The area west of the ponds was in 1924 given to Vigeland for the construction of the Fountain, the Monolith and the many granite groups at the Monolith plateau. Around 1930 the sculpture park was enlarged eastwards, into the older Frogner Park, to include a new bridge decorated with sculptures and a unique main entrance in granite and wrought iron. Vigeland did not live to see the completed park. The majority of the sculptures and the architectural elements was not installed until about 1950. The municipality of Oslo was the main contributor to the realisation of the Vigeland Park. However, a number of private persons and companies gave generous financial support, so that the capital of Norway could get a park to which there is no equal in the whole world)

I hadn't been here since I was a kid, so it was equaly interesting for me, as it was for Shane. The weather was warm to be in February ( about 40-45F) and somewhat sunny.

:o)

We started near the main entrance and worked our way over the bridge and up to the top. Man, there's a lot of them statues. LOL...
but it was real fun to see them and shot a  whole lot of pics. I think I took some of each and every one of them... one of the most famous once, are the one called "Sinnataggen" or in English " the Little Angry Boy" is situated at the bridge.. almost in the middle on your right sight when coming from the main entrance.

There were a couple of musicians sitting at the bridge playing. I think they only new 2 songs though, so after a while I grew tired of listening to them...lol. Shane gave them some  money and I believe he shot a small video of them as well. :o)

http://www.museumsnett.no/vigelandmuseet/3vigeland/3a_biografi/engelsk/3aframeset.html go here to read about Gustav Vigeland

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The place in front of Aker Pier is great.

The back side of City Hall
Especially during summer, when you can actually see that some of the sculptures are fountains. When I lived in Oslo, Aker Pier was one of my favorite places to go during summer.

You have a numerous variety of restaurants, shops and ice-cream parlors down there. (Also apartments for the wealthy people..lol) And during summer this place is crowded with both locals and tourists alike.

You also have an open space kinda in the middle of the area, which is kinda cool. Kids like to rollerblade and skate board here. (Even though it's not allowed.)

Vigeland Park...
Vigeland Park...
these are little baby statues...
these are little baby statues...
Sinnataggen
"Sinnataggen"
Kinda cool with a small waterfall …
Kinda cool with a small waterfall…
Shane giving some money to the mus…
Shane giving some money to the mu…
Shane striking a pose on one of th…
Shane striking a pose on one of t…
Peek-a-boo
Peek-a-boo
The Monolit
The Monolit
One of the doors into the Monolit …
One of the doors into the Monolit…
View from the Monolit area
View from the Monolit area
The back side of City Hall
The back side of City Hall
Sculptures/Fountains in front of A…
Sculptures/Fountains in front of …
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photo by: sarahsan