#FBF: Frogner Park (Oslo, Norway)

I’m starting a new Friday theme called #FBF where I flashback to less recent travels. I’m not usually good at structured blogging, but let’s keep our fingers crossed, shall we?

Let’s take a break from the story deluge from my recent travels to Budapest and Vienna to talk about a little sculpture park in Oslo that I visited in 2015. The Frogner Park more specifically houses the Vigeland Sculpture Park is in the northwest corner of Oslo.

After I’d booked my plane ticket to Scandinavia, I went to see a play called “Posterity” at the Atlantic Theatre Company, an off-Broadway theatre company here in New York City. It was about Gustav Vigeland’s experience sculpting the playwright Henrik Ibsen (also a native Oslo’er). Spoiler alert: It wasn’t easy. Ibsen was old and he wouldn’t sit still, as this was right before he died. I knew I now had to go check out the Vigeland sculptures when I was in Oslo.

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It’s a massive park that you could likely spend a day in. At the entrance to the park is a statue of Vigeland with the dates that he lived. Once you enter the park, you see beautiful trees and landscaping leading up to the steps that lead up to a monolith, a pillar fashioned out of sculpted naked human bodies. It’s a sight to be scene.

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There are other sculptures of naked bodies on the steps leading towards the centerpiece of the park, too, as well as a fountain that seems to be held up by these oddly shaped bodies.

 

These sculptures are both shocking and beautiful. If you have a beautiful day to spare in Oslo, it’s worth a look (and it’s also free!). The Oslo Bymuseum the Vigeland-Museet are also in the park if you have time to check those out, too. And lastly, I noticed a statue of Abraham Lincoln and when I Googled this I learned that the people of North Dakota had given Norway this statue of Lincoln because at one point one third of the population of North Dakota was from Norway.

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Frogner Park is beautiful way to spend an afternoon if you find yourself with nothing specific to do in Oslo.

 

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