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Norway: Vigeland Park

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Vigeland Park | Norway | Europe

[Visited: April 2002]

Perhaps one of the cultural highlights of Oslo and Norway as a whole, Vigeland park is unique in several respects. It contains almost 200 sculptures of Vigeland, Norway's best known sculptor, and the layout of the park itself was designed by Vigeland. He worked on the park more than two decades until his death in 1943.

Picture of Vigeland Park (Norway): Statues on bridge in Vigeland park, Oslo

Walking into the park on an early April morning, I immediately noticed the peace it radiated, and its closeness to nature. The sculptures all feature naked humans, humans in their most typical poses. Humans caring for children, humans being young and playful, humans as a couple, as friends, humans getting older, and humans and death.

Picture of Vigeland Park (Norway): Mother with child statue, Vigeland Park, Oslo

After seeing the Family, the Wheel of Life and the sundial, I sat down a the Monolith, which contains several sculptures depicting the lifecycle of man. The monolith itself is an obelisk, full of human figures, made from one massive block of stone. Enjoying the April sun here, with birds singing in the background, was a truly peaceful experience. When silence was broken by a group of children who started to play with the statues, I realized just how universal the value of the statues is.

Picture of Vigeland Park (Norway): Children with mother statue, Vigeland, Oslo
Picture of Vigeland Park (Norway): Wheel of life statue, Vigeland Park, Oslo
Picture of Vigeland Park (Norway): Embracing Death statue, Vigeland Park, Oslo
Picture of Vigeland Park (Norway): Monolith close-up, Vigeland Park, Oslo
Picture of Vigeland Park (Norway): Gate in Vigeland Park, Oslo
Picture of Vigeland Park (Norway): Detail of statue at Vigeland Park, Oslo
Picture of Vigeland Park (Norway): Monolith statue, Vigeland Park, Oslo

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