Oslo Teil 2June 8 in Norway
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Today we had our morning coffee at this crafty place called Tim Wendelboe. Hands down, best coffee either of us has EVER had. Then we had a long wander to Vigeland Park. They call it the sculpture park and its filled with over 200 sculptures in bronze, granite, and wrought iron. On the way, we checked out the Royal Palace. They gave us mixed signals... on the signs it invited us to walk on the grass and even hug trees, but there were guards all over wielding some serious rifles. We're pretty sure the royal family was still there from yesterday, so that's pretty cool.
We finally made it to Vigeland Park, and it was massive. Sculptures, trees, lawns, flowers, geese, a couple busses of asians, and penises. Lots of penises. At risk of triggering your dirty minds... the sculptures were all so detailed. Facial expressions, muscles, veins in the arms, hair... it was crazy. And to think, all of them were made by the same person, in so many different media!
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In line with my appreciation of statues elsewhere, the Vigeland statue installation (actually part of Frognerparken) was a highlight of Oslo for me. It's a park with a lot of (mostly human - naked, fair warning!) sculptures in bronze and granite. Some in quite humorous poses (#3).
There's also a big fountain, intricate bridges and gates, and a giant monolith made up of human figures. All awesome!
Now to navigate the way home with on map. Maybe a coffee stop on the way home.
Rowan did really well walking to this park, about 25 minutes from our apartment. Amazing play area for lots of climbing.
Vigeland was a sculptor who spent most of his working life on this park, which, even absent the art, is a beautiful place. I have divided this into 3 posts because there is just too much here, and even this hardly does it justice. First is the bridge, then the fountain and then the central sculpture. All of this depicts human life and emotion in ways I haven't seen before. Probably the most iconic on the bridge is the terrible twos.Read more
Now for the main sculpture. Done in granite. First is the ironwork gate. There is one on all 4 sides, each different. There are about 40 or individual sculptures around the central carved column. (I'm tempted to call it an obelisk.) This work is certainly about the human form, but just as much about life and emotion. Needless to say, I was quite taken by this park.
The fountain is between the bridge and the main sculpture. The last pic looks back from the main sculpture to the fountain with the bridge beyond.
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