Vigeland's sculpture park, which surrounds the museum of the same sculptor, causes conflicting emotions among visitors, especially foreigners. Residents of the Norwegian capital themselves have long been accustomed to this place and like to sit on a picnic on a fine day.
Gustav Vigeland was a man with a complex character. When in 1921 the city authorities wanted to demolish his shabby workshop, he did not agree to anything. The sculptor completely dismissed all the proposals of the authorities. Litigation followed, but the law was on the side of the master.
Vigeland agreed to the demolition of his studio only on the following conditions: the city gives him a new studio, gives him a lifetime salary and complete creative freedom. In return, the stubborn pledged to bequeath all his work to the inhabitants of Oslo. And so it happened.
In the small-sized museum of the sculptor Vigeland there are numerous casts of his sculptures, woodcuts, drawings, and personal belongings of the master. The entrance fee of 60 crowns does not stop those who managed to inspect the author's work in the park.
Vigeland worked nude. Having complete creative freedom, the master experimented, depicting a variety of emotional states. His models were old men and infants, men and women. The main thing for the sculptor was the internal state of the model and the external manifestation of this state. His sculptures rejoice, grieve, fear, experience triumph ... The abundance of naked bodies at first confuses visitors, but after the first minutes of embarrassment, faces, body lines, plasticity and expressiveness are attracting more attention.
All sculptures and entire compositions are full of eternal ideas, difficult thoughts about the decay of all earthly things and the eternity of life itself.
Of all the sculptures, the most famous are: The Angry Baby, the Fountain, and the Monolith, has long been considered the most recognizable monument in Norway.
Entrance to the park is free, it is best to get to the museum and the park by 20 buses and 12 trams.