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Vigeland sculptures in Frogner Park, Oslo

As mentioned towards the end of the Oslo highlights essay, there is one attraction in Oslo that I rate as unique and utterly fascinating. It is the Vigeland installation in Frogner Park, which consists of over two hundred of bronze and granite sculptures by a single Norwegian artist, Gustav Vigeland.

The sculptures represent a wide-ranging study of human body, emotion, and interaction. I am not enough of an expert to judge the artistic quality of the work but the cumulative effect is tremendously impressive.

Here is the view along the main axis of the park.
 

Vigeland sculptures in Frogner Park, Oslo

 
A closer perspective of the main fountain.
 

Vigeland sculptures in Frogner Park, Oslo

 
58 bronze sculptures are located on the central bridge. Here is a fragment of it.
 

Vigeland sculptures in Frogner Park, Oslo

 
Let’s take a closer look at these. What do they represent?

This looks like a simple contemplative figure. A thinker? A schemer? Or do you sense a hint of disapproval in his pose?
 

Vigeland sculptures in Frogner Park, Oslo

 
A couple doing tai chi exercises?
 

Vigeland sculptures in Frogner Park, Oslo

 
A woman coming to an important decision in her life?
 

Vigeland sculptures in Frogner Park, Oslo

 
The continuous conflict between male and female parts?
 

Vigeland sculptures in Frogner Park, Oslo

 
Next one is easy. I don’t have boys, but I know the expression really well.
 

Vigeland sculptures in Frogner Park, Oslo

 
Being together again after a long separation?
 

Vigeland sculptures in Frogner Park, Oslo

 
Passionate joining? Or figure skating practice?
 

Vigeland sculptures in Frogner Park, Oslo

 
The focal point of the installation, the Monolith, surrounded by 36 figure groups.
 

Vigeland sculptures in Frogner Park, Oslo

 
Each of these 36 statues brings a piece of the “circle of life” message. Here are a couple.
 

Vigeland sculptures in Frogner Park, Oslo

 
 

Vigeland sculptures in Frogner Park, Oslo

 
The view from the Monolith towards the fountain and the bridge.
 

Vigeland sculptures in Frogner Park, Oslo

 
And another elevated view from the farthest point into the park, looking back onto the Monolith.
 

Vigeland sculptures in Frogner Park, Oslo

 
We lingered for nearly three hours in the park. If there is a must-see in Oslo, this is it.

These and other pictures taken in Frogner Park have been added to my Flickr Oslo album.

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