Vigeland Park - featuring sculptures by Gustav Vigeland. Most of
the statues depict people engaging in various typically human pursuits,
such as running, wrestling, dancing, hugging, holding hands and so on.
In March 2007, the park was defaced when an anonymous person or group affixed
black strips of paper to every exposed nipple, crotch, and posterior on the
sculptures found in the park.
58 of the park's sculptures reside along the Bridge.
The Fountain was fabricated from bronze and adorned with 60 individual bronze
reliefs. Portraying children and skeletons in the arms of giant trees, the
Fountain suggests that from death comes new life. On the ground surrounding the
Fountain lies an 1800 square meter mosaic laid in black and white granite. It
took Vigeland a great deal of time to establish the monument: from 1906 to 1947.
The Monolith Plateau is a platform made of stairs that houses the Monolith totem
itself. 36 figure groups reside on the elevation bringing with them the “circle
of life” message. Access to the Plateau is made via eight figural gates forged
in wrought iron. The gates were designed between 1933 and 1937 and erected
shortly after Vigeland died in 1943.
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, and it is speculated that Vigeland had the help of a few sketches
drafted in 1919. The model was then cast in plaster. In the autumn of 1927 a
block of granite weighing several hundred tons was delivered to the park from a
stone quarry in Halden. It was erected a
year later and a wooden shed was built around it to keep out the elements.
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. On the Christmas of 1944 the public was allowed to admire
The Monolith and 180,000 people crowded the wooden shed to get a close look at
the creation. The shed was demolished shortly thereafter.
The Monolith towers
14.12 meters (46.32 ft) high and is composed of 121 human figures rising towards
the sky. This 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 Wheel of Life was crafted in 1933-34. The wheel is more or less a wreath
depicting four people and a baby floating in harmony. It is a symbol of
eternity, and implies the overall theme of the park: man’s journey from the
cradle to the grave.
Above narrative taken from Wikipedia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vigeland_Sculpture_Park)