Vigeland Sculpture Park Oslo Norway

Vigeland Sculpture Park, is an amazing section of the large Frogner Park in Oslo Norway that is dedicated to the sculptures of Gustav Vigeland. The sculpture park is divided onto three primary sections that contain a total of about 100 of the artist’s works, each of which that consist of full-size human figures in different shapes (and in many cases contortions), expressing a range of human emotions. One section that spans a bridge over a pond, contains a couple dozen bronze pieces, each of one, two or three people. Most represent couples or family units expressing love or joy.

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The section, a series of bronzes aligned around a fountain, represent individuals or couples in or under trees. Some just stand under or sit in the tree. Others are actively climbing or twisted around branches, some in odd contortions.

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The third section, the most ambitious of the three, consists of dozens of stone sculptures, reached by climbing a series of steps to a large concrete platform and walking through one of a number of elaborately sculpted wrought iron gates, each of which beautifully represent a number of men or women. These gates, as beautiful as each is, only serve as entries to the main attraction: Sculptures of combinations of two, three or more human figures, many of whom are intertwined with each other in unique and interesting ways. These sculptures lead up stairways to a top platform that contains the largest, most ambitious and enigmatic piece of all: A tall column, fittingly named Monolith, that consist of 121 individuals carved from a single piece of stone, each wrapped around and intertwined with each other in a way that apparently represents the complex and interdependent interrelatedness of all individuals in a society.

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Then, past these three sections, are large, multi-piece sections with two other large-scale bronzes: One of an interesting sundial (possibly referring to the longevity or permanence of relationships and another of two people, arched impossibly backward, to intertwine into the shape of a heart (the symbolism of which seems obvious).

Pics of these other two sculptures

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Overall, a lovely, touching and impressive–and very popular–monument to humans and their relationships with each other, and in the section of the trees, with nature.

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