Vigeland Park, which has partially become an integrated part of the older Frignor Park, covers an area of 80 acres.It functions both as a sculpture park and a public park. The park contains 212 sculptures with more than 600 figures, all modeled in full size by Gustav Vigeland.
Vigeland moved to his new studio in Kirkeveien in 1924. It was located in the vicinity of Frogner Park, which he had chosen as the definitive location for his fountain. In the following twenty years Vigeland was devoted to the project of an open exhibition of his works, which later turned into what is universally known as "Vigeland Park".
A sight to behold!
The monolith towers 14.12 meters (46.32 ft.) high and is comprised of 121 human figures rising toward heaven. 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.
Originally designed to stand in front of Parliament (Eidsvolls Plass), 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 bronze reliefs along the outer side of the above pool render the eternal life cycle of mankind.
At the end of the 850-meter-long axis lies a sundial, forged in 1930, and finally the Wheel of Life, 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.
10 years later....