Vigeland park in Oslo
Vigelandsparken Sculpture Park is the largest sculpture park in the world created by a single sculptor. The sculpture park is a part of the Frognerparken park, which is located 3 km north-west of Oslo city centre.
The unique sculpture park is Gustav Vigeland's lifework and features 212 sculptures in bronze, granite and wrought iron. Vigeland was also in charge of the design and architectural layout of the park itself. Vigeland personally sculpted every figure out of clay and craftsmen were contracted to fabricate the pieces into what we see today. Vigelandsparken Sculpture Park was mainly built between 1939 and 1949, although the extraordinary Main Gate was erected as early as 1926.
Most of the sculptures are placed in five units along an 850 meter long axis: The Main Gate, the Bridge, the Children's Playground, the Fountain, the Monolith Plateau and the Wheel of Life.
One of the park’s most popular statues, ‘Sinnataggen’ (Angry Boy), can be found on the Bridge, which was the first part of the park to be opened to the public in 1940.
At the highest point in the park lies the park's most popular attraction, ‘Monolitten’ (the Monolith). A massive monument carved out of one single block of granite weighing several hundred tonnes. The Monolith towers 14.12 metres (46.32 ft) high and it comprises 121 human figures rising toward heaven.
Good to know:
- Vigelandsparken is the largest sculpture park created by a single artist in the world
- The park is filled with 212 sculptures in bronze, granite and wrought iron
- Vigelandsparken Sculpture Park was mainly built between 1939 and 1949
- The park's most popular attraction is ‘Monolitten’ (the Monolith).
In The Vigeland's Park you can:
- See 212 sculptures in bronze, granite and wrought iron
- Learn about Gustav Vigeland's lifework
- Visit the park's most popular attraction, ‘Monolitten’
- Relax in beautiful surroundings