The Vigelandsparken in Frognerparken lies to the northwest of Oslo's City Centre. It shows off the work of Norway's most famous sculptor, Gustav Vigeland (1869-1943). There are a massive 212 pieces in total, along an 850 metre axis. This is the world's largest sculpture park by a single artist. Its central theme is the circle of life.
On walking through the park gates, a monolith in the distance beckons to you, but there is a lot to see on the way, and more to see after the monolith too. The first section of the display is the Bridge, lined on both sides with bronze sculptures. The figures are of men, women and children of all ages.
When on the Bridge it is not just the sculptures you want to look at. Wander down to the river below, or you might miss the waterfall and the circle of babies, including one still in the womb.
After crossing the Bridge is the Fountain. Although this fountain was originally designed by Vigeland to be placed in front of the Norwegian Parliament building, the press and public were not supportive of the idea. Indeed, the initial design of the Parliament building started to expand to the point where the site would have been too small to support the Fountain in any event. It is now one of the centre pieces of Vigelandsparken. Its sculptures and reliefs depict the eternal circle of life, growing out of death.
The Fountain is surrounded by sculptures of trees. Intertwined in their branches are people, from young children to adults. Some of the figures in the trees look quite comfortable. Others look trapped within the branches; they seem to be struggling to break free. Still others are on the outside of their trees and appear to be fighting to get back inside the safety of the branches.
Around the edge of the fountain are bronze reliefs, depicting the eternal circle of life. The fountain took so long to complete that Vigeland made 112 of these reliefs, although only 60 were eventually used. One depicts two children hugging a skeleton, perhaps to be taken as an embrace of death. Another shows three fish swimming down to a figure lying on the seabed. Out of death grows life.
The Monolith Plateau lies beyond the Fountain and sits above the other parts of the park. The Monolith itself is a raised central granite column 17.3 metres high. It took three stone carvers 14 years to complete. It is surrounded by 36 separately carved platforms, known collectively as the Circle of Life.
The Monolith contains 121 figures, snaking and swirling up the column, stretching up towards the heavens. Many of Vigeland’s sculptures represent the everlasting circle of life, where new life grows from death. The Monolith offers a different perspective. The figures here are reaching out for death - almost striving for it.
The Cirle of Life, surrounding the Monolith, shows the path of life, from the joy of birth to the anguish of death.
Beyond the Monolith and Circle of Life is a sundial, and then the final installation: The Wheel of Life. This is a circle of children, men and women holding on to each other in and endless circle, or perhaps a garland or wreath. It is a small installation, but sums up the entire theme of the park, following life from cradle to grave and back to rebirth.
I first visited Frognerparken in 2014 and was captivated by the theme and the sculptures. I hope you are too!
TO LOG THIS CACHE:
There is only one requirement: visit the park and find a statue. It may be your favourite. It may be interesting. It may just be the one that calls to you on the day. Take a picture of you or your GPS with the statue. That's it.
Nothing more, unless...
If you enjoy some fun then take a picture of yourself in the same pose as the statue - after all, should art mimic life or should life mimic art? This is not a requirement to log the cache, but it would be very much appreciated. Photos like this:
There are hundreds of statues to choose from - all the way from single figures to groups. Go wild! But most of all, enjoy the park!
VIGELANDSPARKEN PERFORMERS OF EXCELLENCE
There have been many great photos, and here are a few of my favourites. I am sorry I cannot include all photos posted but the cache page would simply become too large!
1 - Lizard Embracing a Woman - siemreap
2 - Man Fighting Small Lizard - NO PHOTO YET
3 - Man Fighting Lizard - NO PHOTO YET
4 - Lizard Clutching Naked Man - NO PHOTO YET
1 - Boy with Infant Above his Head - musie7
2 - Man Carrying Two Children - Indymagoo
3 - Man Swinging Boy - sindig
4 - Woman with Child on her Arm - NO PHOTO YET
5 - Two Young Girls - Pellexx
6 - Running Man with Boy on his Back - MZCacheHunter
6 - Running Man with Boy on his Back - Fla20m
6 - Running Man with Boy on his Back - NateTey
7 - Woman and Girl Embracing Each Other - Goldfisch29
8 - Young Girl with Pigtails and Arms over her Head - TanteJulia
9 - Man Lifting Girl with One Arm - MART!N
10 - Young Man with Hands behind his Back - OleRL
11 - Man with Crossing Arms - sterkegustav
11 - Man with Crossing Arms - Team Merkur.dk
11 - Man with Crossing Arms - ErwinKarin
12 - Old Man Hitting a Boy - Team Olsen and Kokkelimonke
12 - Old Man Hitting a Boy - Oel4002 and O-mey
13 - Young Girl with Fists in front of her Mouth - Tofusenshi
14 - Elderly and Younger Man - famv17 and richardo7
15 - Man Lifting Woman in front of Himself - Trail Mongers
15 - Man Lifting Woman in front of Himself - FamChaos
16 - Man and Woman - NO PHOTO YET
17 - Little Laughing Girl - KitKat_1028
18 - Man and Woman Inside Ring - HeddumHoutum
19 - Little Boy - Martine-K
20 - Man Standing Behind Woman - Team Olsen
20 - Man Standing Behind Woman - Mayus & Maria
21 - Man Lifting Woman in front of Himself - Jessica07
22 - Young Woman - orkaloca
23 - Young Girl Supporting Head Against Hand - ReginaWadi
23 - Young Girl Supporting Head Against Hand - Die Sonnenhügler
24 - Dancing Young Woman - Veroguigui83
24 - Dancing Young Woman - Pellexx
24 - Dancing Young Woman - Sonja928
24 - Dancing Young Woman - Team Nibe
25 - Standing Man - Bush-Rescue
26 - Man with Boy around Neck - ida+anders
27 - Man Juggling Four Toddlers - TallWriter
28 - Old Man holding Little Boy in his Hand - janlub
29 - Standing Man with Tied Fists against Chest - Alinternet
30 -Girl Lifting Infant above her Head - Danielite and haljen
31 - Woman with Infant in her Arms - etulf
32 - Woman Running and Lifting a Child - Azafady
33 - Woman and Little Girl - Liv.tingleholm
34 - Two Boys Looking Upwards - Hilli-Billi
35 - Woman Carrying Sleeping Child - Valinaria
36 - Woman Embracing Young Girl - NO PHOTO YET
37 - Young Woman with Hands to her Sides - 1after9o9
38 - Two Boys running with Arms towards the Sky - topzoekertje
39 - Man with Hands to his Sides - knuslet
39 - Man with Hands to his Sides - Ksund02
40 - Standing Man - navcomm
41 - Dancing Young Man and Woman - traineediplomat
42 - Young Woman with Hands at her Back - MeWr
43 - Young Woman - Phiersah
44 - Man Throwing Woman over his Head - Huizeblauw
45 - Man and Woman Embracing Each Other - VFLJ
46 - Sinnataggen, the Angry Boy - jetone
46 - Sinnataggen, the Angry Boy - bibikati
46 - Sinnataggen, the Angry Boy - Iselott
47 - Man Inside a Ring - M&M-NOR
48 - Little Girl - Flasharry
48 - Little Girl - Team Dagim
49 - Man and Woman - TitiJo38
50 - Man Running - bibsmaus
50 - Man Running - Fjellgeita10
51 - Young Girl with Arms over her Head - _Lila_Luna_
52 - Young Girl Laughing - Surikaty
53 - Woman Throwing Herself over Man - Geoflode
54 - Man Holding Little Child in his Arms - hinsigirl
55 - Boy Standing in front of Man - Camillaaa87
55 - Boy Standing in front of Man - pjacklam
56 - Man Lifting Elderly Man - Varmi28
57 - Elderly Man with Boy on his Back - Flasharry
58 - Man Looking to his Side - Joe+Little
Lots of Sculptures! - kit-katje
Two-in-One! - Physiker_Pärchen
6 - Young woman leaning out of the tree - aldag-scs
7 - Boy and girl with foreheads facing each other - TomFuk
11 - Sitting woman - Lois+Clark
12 - Little child sitting in the tree - HumCZa
The Circle of Life
1 - Swarm of Babies - Zenomey
2 - Man and Woman sitting with Baby between Them - NO PHOTO YET
3 - Woman Stooping Towards Numerous Children - geotrine
4 - Group of Children - cehashuTeam
5 - Old Man Embracing Four Boys - NO PHOTO YET
6 - Boy and Girl Riding on Woman's Back - broiler
7 - Group of Eight Little Girls - roukala
8 - Two Girls Standing on their Heads, Smiling - Norwegians4ok
9 - Five Girls Kneeling Behind each Other - NO PHOTO YET
10 - Man and Boy - NO PHOTO YET
11 - Three Old Women - NO PHOTO YET
12 - Boys Fighting - NO PHOTO YET
13 - Two Young Men - engel73
14 - Two Boys Teasing an Imbecile Man - Jarun
15 - Three Boys Kneeling - peterseli
16 - Young Man and Woman sitting Back to Back - Azafady
17 - Young Boy and Girl - Ibis1
18 - Young Man Bending towards Young Woman - sk0g1
19 - Man and Woman - orkaloca
20 - Old Woman Laying her Hand on the Head of a Young Woman - NO PHOTO YET
21 - Old Woman Dressing the Hair of a Young Woman - MoDaVinci
22 - Sitting Man and Woman, Their Foreheads Touching - Chape&Myflyyy
23 - Young Man and Woman Sitting Apart- Latterlia
24 - Man Throwing Woman - OhioRider
25 - Two Young Women - starcraft74
26 - Elderly Man and Smiling Young Woman - NO PHOTO YET
27 - Man and Woman in Embrace - NorbergKim
28 - Two Men Sitting Back to Back - BosseG
29 - Two Men Fighting - NO PHOTO YET
30 - Old Woman and Young Man ( Mother and Son) - NO PHOTO YET
31 - Two Old Men - DADDYKOOL
32 - Old Woman Resting Against Old Man - skandal_illa
33 - Two Old Women - Eliastassen
34 - Heap of Dead Bodies - pis1969
35 - Three Old Women - NO PHOTO YET
36 - Standing Man Lifting Dead Man - Emma P.
The Monolith - wolflinger
The Wheel of Life
The Wheel of Life - TeamMarkgren
The Wheel of Life - EiFlei and anirt
The Children's Playground
1 - The Fetus - NO PHOTO YET!
2 - A Little Child Lying on his Stomach - ensumi 14
2 - A Little Child Lying on his Stomach - ertene
3 - A Little Child Lying on his Back - NO PHOTO YET!
4 - A Little Child Lying on his Back Playing with One Foot - DaisyZ
4 - A Little Child Lying on his Back Playing with One Foot - CinnamonRaisinBagel
5 - A Little Child with Hand on the Ground - ertene
6 - A Little Child Sitting with his Hands Stretched Forward - NO PHOTO YET!
7 - A Little Child Crouching with his Hands on the Ground - NO PHOTO YET!
8 - A Little Child Crawling - Maliss
9 - A Little Child Sitting - NO PHOTOS YET!
1 - The Clan - NO PHOTO YET
2 - Gustav Vigeland - NO PHOTO YET
3 - Cold Young Girl - rincewind77
4 - I don't know the name of this one! - hilnus
5 - A great close-up! - julietlimadelta
6 - Dancing Girl - Trinity67
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