Photo Friday: The Human Form at Vigeland

by Janis on January 14, 2011

Oslo’s Vigeland Sculpture Park showcases the human form as interpreted by sculptor Gustav Vigeland (1869-1943).  Vigeland includes 212 bronze, granite and wrought iron sculptures depicting the cycle of human life from birth through old age.

Sculptor Vigeland created a full-size model of each figure, leaving the granite carving and bronze casting to his craftsmen.  To avoid clothing styles “dating” the sculptures to a specific time period, all statutes were created nude.

One of Norway’s most-visited and unique attractions, the park is free and open year round 24 hours a day. 

Visiting in late December, when the days are short, the sun remains low in the sky and the sculptures are surrounded with snow adds to their beauty.

Read about our visits to Oslo here and here

 

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