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“Vigeland Sculpture Park”
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Vigeland Museum
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Ranked #8 of 341 things to do in Oslo
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: The Vigeland Park is the world's largest sculpture park made by a single artist, and is one of Norway's most popular tourist attractions. The park is open to visitors all year round.The unique sculpture park is Gustav Vigeland's lifework with more than 200 sculptures in bronze, granite and wrought iron. Vigeland was also in charge of the design and architectural layout of the park. The Vigeland Park was mainly completed between 1939 and 1949. Most of the sculptures are placed in five units along an 850 meter long axis: The Main gate, the Bridge with the Children's playground, the Fountain, the Monolith plateau and the Wheel of Life.
Reviewed November 11, 2012

Vigeland Sculpture Park is a representation of the human condition through the medium of sculpture. It's 212 pieces of granite, bronze and wrought iron are placed in a meaningful collection of groupings over an 80 acre designed landscape. This is a monumental creation which culminated with the completion of the park in 1950. Enter the Art Nuevo Main Gate which is consrtucted of wrought iron and granite and leads to a bridge. The bridge is lined with full life sculptures of men, women and children depicting the various emotional, psychological and social experiences of life. The "Angry Little Boy" being an example. From the bridge continue to the Fountain where 20 groupings of figures reside under the tree of life. It is man's journey from cradle to grave and the resurrection of life from dust continued until death. As you approach the Monolith perhaps the most controverisal piece. Some have suggested that the 121 human bodies climbing on top of each other is in fact man rising to heaven for redemption. I'm not sure but that is the thought provoking nature of the park. The Wheel of Life is yet another thought proving sculptural piece. The four adults and one child intertwined could be the symbol of eternity. Vigeland is just 3 kilometers northwest of the center of Oslo and well worth seeing. It is walkable but trams are also available if you wish.

Date of experience: April 2012
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Reviewed November 9, 2012

On a rainy day in November this park did not produce a favourable impression on me. No wonder, all the flowers already faded, the sky was overcast and maybe this atmosphere influenced my perception of the statues that seemed quite grim actually. The erotic theme permeates everything to the point of absurd. With all certainty I can say I have seen parks more picturesque than this one, but again, it must look nicer in the summer. One thing is definite - it is undoubtedly original and worth seeing just because it is one of the main sights of Oslo.

Date of experience: November 2012
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Reviewed November 9, 2012

Awesome adventure meandering thru the many sculptures designed from granite, iron and bronze.

It is a leisurely stroll made for discussion, philosphical debate or controvesy on the journey Gustav Vigeland has created with this wonderland.

The gardens are gem, plus the space to picnic or just savour the magic moments and enjoy what Oslo has to offer...

Highly highly recommend, though not for the prudent soul

Date of experience: August 2012
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Reviewed November 8, 2012

I truly loved these sculptures which portrayed so warmly the many relationships of the family of humanity. I could have gone back several times and seen something that would impress me anew at each visit. The park is also beautiful and I was surprised to see Norwegian roses still blooming at the end of October in the frosty morning. Be sure to have some 5 NOK coins in case you may want to use the restroom. Children love the playground at this park.

Date of experience: October 2012
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Reviewed November 8, 2012

Lovely for a walking / picnic / photography visit. Read about it before you go - you will enjoy it more

Date of experience: August 2012
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