The Vigeland Sculpture Park in Oslo
The Vigeland Sculpture Park is the world’s largest sculpture park made by a single artist. The eccentric Norwegian artist Gustav Vigeland dedicated his life creating it. He worked on this project from 1924 until his death in 1943.
When the city of Oslo gave him a building where he could live and work, Gustav Vigeland made a promise to donate all his works to the city. His home and studio later became the Vigeland Museum. His ashes are still preserved there, in the tower of the museum, as he requested.
Gustav Vigeland modeled all the 212 sculptures in full size by himself. He left the work of carving in stone and casting in bronze to talented craftsmen. He was also in charge of the design and architectural layout of the park.
The Vigeland Sculpture Park is divided into five main units: Main Entrance, The Bridge, The Fountain, The Monolith Plateau and The Wheel of Life. His sculptures represent the relationships between man and woman, adults and children, birth and death. The inescapable circle of life.
The park is one of Oslo’s most popular tourist attractions. The locals love it too. The Norwegians love to spend time outside. The entrance is free, and the park is open 24h all year round. Despite all the visitors this park is one of the cleanest I have ever visited.