Norway: Vigeland Sculpture Park

The sun was shining but it was still cold, only 17°C when my husband and I arrived in Norway and the Norwegians call it summer brrrrr… One of the first things my husband did was to show me the Vigeland Sculpture Park, the world´s largest sculpture park by a single artist, Gustav Vigeland. He was a  Norwegian sculptor who also designed a Nobel Peace Prize medal. His sculpture park was completed between 1939 and 1949. There is no entrance fee and it is open 24/7.

There were a lot of green areas, trees, flowers, fountains, walls, bridges, roads, small lakes and of course many tourists. The design of the park is very exquisite and the massive stone sculptures very impressive.  I just loved being there and my husband made a little photo series that he called “Vigeland & Grace” LOL and I would love to share it with you.

 

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It was only a short time visit because the weather didn´t cooperate much, suddenly a thunderstorm appeared and we hurried home. However, the work of Vigeland reminded me about the importance of art, of embracing it and taking care of it. It’s just fantastic that a poor nation like Norway during the 1930s was bold enough to establish a sculpture park of this dimension. Maybe art is also something that our new administration should focus on in the struggle to take the Philippines out of the backwater?

 

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