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Norway. Walking Around Oslo

Sergey Dolya • 5 minutes read • April 11th, 2016
Gustav Vigeland is one of the most prolific sculptors of Norway. In 1921 the Municipality of

Oslo

decided to build the library on the site of his house. Series of long negotiations between the artist and the authorities began. As a result, the city provided Vigeland with a new building and the 

Frogner Park

area, where he could live and work. Instead, the sculptor promised to sacrifice the city all his subsequent works, including sketches, drawings, prints and patterns. Today there are 227 sculptures in the Park, all of them depict ordinary human occupations - jogging, leisure, dancing, hugging. All the sculptures are without clothes, which сould connect the heroes to some age and time. I seems, that the intention of the author was not understood by all spectators. So, in March 2007, some unknown person pasted black papers on the nipples, crotch and buttocks of all sculptures in the park.
During the evening walk in the park and in the city we did not notice as the walk reached 10 kilometers...

There are a lot of green areas in Oslo, which locals use for sports and outdoor activities:

One of the most important and largest parks is the Vigeland's Park:

The park is divided into several zones. It begins with a hundred-meter bridge with 58 bronze sculptures of children, women and men of different ages on its handrails:

All of them are depicted in motion:

This is the famous "Angry Kid", the most replicated sculpture in the park. The

Vigeland Museum

presents the entire process of this statue's creation - from the frame to the final result:

For some reason, everyone comes here, takes the baby's left arm (it already shines) and take pictures with it. Certainly, it brings happiness or luck, or money, or...

Next there is a fountain. Six figures hold the bowl from which the water falls down. Children and skeletons on the branches of a giant tree symbolize that a new life should be after death. Vigeland worked on this monument for 37 years. Originally it was supposed to be in front of the Parliament building:

"Monolith" plateau rises behind the fountain. Central composition is a tower of 121 sculptures, rising to the heavens. It is a symbol of human aspiration to something spiritual and divine. Creation of all the elements took three stone carvers about 14 years:

Visitors love to climb on the sculptures - and it is not forbidden. By the dark spots it can be clearly seen what sculptures and places are the most popular:

None of the sculptures suffers from anorexia:

At the end of the park there is the wheel of life - "wreath" of four adults and a child. It is also about the main idea of the park - the way from the cradle to the burial:

From the park we went to the Oslo Opera House. Along the way we found some more intricate installations:

The streets in evening Oslo are absolutely empty. We even played a game of "who would be the first to see a man":

We all lost:

We found people only when we came on the promenade to the opera itself.
I noticed, that opera houses often have unusual architecture. We can recall the Beijing or Sydney ones. The roof of the Opera in Oslo can be used as the promenade and observation deck:

Besides the panoramas of the Oslofjord we saw concert venue of some festival in a full swing:

Here is the view of the waterfront:

Through the glass you can see the gallery and the walls of the hall itself:

From the right perspective the building resembles a painting of cubist artist:

This is where I started my "press-ups" campaign.
Author: Sergeydolya
Source: sergeydolya.livejournal.com

Translated by: Gian Luka

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