Oslo treasures: Vigelandsanlegget at Frogner Park

For the past decades Frogner Park has been the most visited place of Norway: the Vigeland installation contributed to this result.

The monumental Main Gate

The monumental Main Gate – Detail

It is very very tourist-ish but still indeed fascinating to walk along across the 200+ sculptures designed by Norwegian artist Vigeland, made of granite and bronze. It is a lovely public park, accessible and easy to find, perfect for picnics and wandering (and in Summer there is also the pool open!). A must-go when in town.

Facts about the installation:

– the main theme is the ‘Human Condition‘, but the twist is that none of the works have an actual title, so it is up to the visitor to capture the feelings. Intriguing.

– from the main entrance you can divide the sculptures in the ones on the Bridge (in bronze), the Children’s Playground at the end of the bridge (8 bronze sculptures with kids playing); the maze on floor brings you to the section of the Fountain (in bronze) that leads you to the Monolith (14 meters of granite human figures trying to move and elevate to the sky) with along a circular section of sculptures called the Wheel of Life (in granite, sculptures mainly in couples).

– the most interactive part by a visitor is at the Wheel of Life, where you can sit on the stairs among the statues and (especially for adults) take a cheeky selfie with a granitic companion of your choice or to (especially for children) climb without getting in trouble on the sculptures itself. It is somehow great to see kids getting involved and there is nowhere sign of defacement -yay society, you crazy breed-.

– on a sunny day, lights and shades enables you to capture even more vividly the feelings, for a quite amazing impression. See yourself.

The Bridge

The Bridge – on one side

the Bridge

On the Bridge – Detail

On the Bridge

On the Bridge – Detail

On the Bridge

On the Bridge – Detail

On the Bridge

On the Bridge – Detail

Children’s Playground

Children’s Playground – Detail

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The Fountain – detail

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The Monolith

The Wheel of Life - Detail

The Wheel of Life – Detail

The Wheel of Life - Detail

The Wheel of Life – Detail

The Wheel of Life - Detail

The Wheel of Life – Detail

The Wheel of Life - Detail

The Wheel of Life – Detail

The Wheel of Life - Detail

The Wheel of Life – Detail

The Wheel of Life - Detail

The Wheel of Life – Detail

The Wheel of Life - Detail

The Wheel of Life – Detail

The Wheel of Life - Detail

The Wheel of Life – Detail

The Wheel of Life - Detail

The Wheel of Life – Detail

Kids playing

Kids being kids. 🙂

Kids playing

Kids being kids. 🙂

P.S. sorry for poor quality in the pixels, just focus on the subjects *wink wink*

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