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Friday, 18 March 2016

Norway Part 3: The Vigeland Park, Oslo


I am glad I had the opportunity to visit the world's largest sculpture park during my fleeting visit to Oslo. As a fan of all forms of art among which sculpturing tops the list, I  really had a great time goggling at the spectacular display of creative and unique  masterpieces that day.
Vigeland Park features more than 200  life sized sculptures positioned mostly along a 850 meters long axis: The Main Gate, The Bridge, The Fountain. The Monolith Plateau and The Wheel Of Life. What amazes me is these sculptures were single handedly created by  one sculpture artist named Gustav Vigeland  after whom the park is named. This photo was taken at the Monolith Plateau which is also the highest part of the park.
The sculpture on the right is the monolith which is carved from one single granite block and which features many men clinging to one another tightly around it.
On the plateau and the stairs leading to the plateau are many interesting sculptures which appear to feature relationship among men and women in various situations.



The sculptures around the Monolith Plateau are mostly carved from granite. Even though this is a public park open 24 hours a day, I was truly astonished to see no sign of vandalism as all the sculptures were intact and in superb condition.
A figural gate in wrought iron near The Monolith
From the elevated Monolith Plateau, you can get a good view of The Fountain and the park beyond.
The Fountain was however without water. The sculpture theme around this area is somewhat different. The sculptures are in bronze and groups of people under trees are the norm seen here.
I am sure each sculpture has a message to tell but time was certainly not on my side to scrutinize each and every one on display.
Another interesting section is The Bridge. The bronze statues lining the entire bridge certainly display a fair bit of emotion.
One that stands out is a bronze statue of a little 'Angry Boy'.
A woman lifting up her braids in happy mood.
2 boys running in jubilation
Posing at the sculpture of a man and woman intertwined in a wheel. More interesting sculptures on the bridge can be seen below.
Beautiful Scenery from The Bridge
 Standing in the middle of the bridge.
The Wheel Of Life located west of the Monolith is a symbol of eternity.
A part of the park is lined with benches and has walkways lined with trees. Beautiful indeed.


Instead of starting from The Main Gate we started from the opposite direction and ended at The Main Gate. At the end of it all what I can say is "Phew! What a park!"  A thousand hats off to the late Mr Gustav Vigeland for his incredible talent!!


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