Sunday, 16 February 2014

Frogner Park in Oslo, Norway

Frogner Park is a public park located in Oslo, Norway and historically a part of Frogner Manor. The Park contains sculpture installation created by Gustav Vigeland between the 1920s and 1943. It is the world's largest sculpture park made by a single artist.

Most of the statues depict people engaging in various typically human pursuits, such as running, wrestling, dancing, hugging, holding hands and so on.

However, occasionally one comes across statues that are more abstract, including one statue, which shows an adult male, fighting off a horde of babies.

But major attractions of the park is the Angry Boy and the Monolith in the west end of the Park.

The Monolith which is at the highest point of Frogner Park is another popular attraction. Construction of the massive monument began in 1924 when Gustav Vigeland himself modeled it out of clay in his studio in Frogner. The design process took him ten months. The model was then cast in plaster. A block of granite weighing several hundred tons was erected in the late 1920s and Vigeland’s plaster design was set up next to it to give reference to its sculptors. Transferring of the figures began in 1929 and took 3 stone carvers 14 years to accomplish. The Monolith was opened on the Christmas of 1944. The Monolith towers 14.12 meters (46.32 ft) high and is composed of 121 human figures.

The Monolith is meant to represent man’s desire to become closer with the spiritual and divine. It portrays a feeling of togetherness as the human figures embrace one another as they are carried toward salvation.

The Park also has several gates which are forged out of wrought iron.

And a few other sculptures :

Source : Wikipedia and other literature.

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