Friday, September 20, 2019

Sculpture Parks That Will Surprise You In Oslo | AIB

Vigeland Park Oslo is undoubtedly the best-known city in the world, with its powerful baby and his imposing monolith dominating the surroundings. Not for nothing, it is one of the most visited tourist attractions in Norway.

But on your visit to Oslo, you can not miss other sculpture parks, which tell a lot about the city’s development in the last decades and that has shaped it as it stands today in our eyes: full of art and places to enjoy the Outdoors, whatever time of year it is.


Oslo Vigeland Park

In the month of January, frosty but sunny morning. The lake will be frozen and a thin layer of frost frozen runs through the ground, grass, bronze sculptures. Vigeland Park greets us brilliantly to receive the year. Each sculpture attracts us like a magnet, and we do not want to get away from them, at least until we have captured their gestures, their posture and all the tension of their muscles.

It is the work of Gustav Vigeland (1869-1943) and the Vigelandsparken, also designed by him, houses more than 200 bronze, granite and wrought iron sculptures. It is located inside the Frognerparken, located to the west of the center of Oslo and occupies about 32 hectares.

You’re faced with sculptures of realistic bodies that make you travel through all ages, from childhood to old age and beyond, transmitting us intense sensations of memory, of the mirror, of precognition. Frozen moments in the bronze of a mane that flies in the wind, arms holding the baby, the furrowed frown of the tantrum, the joy of the infant play, the loving embrace, the coming decrepitude.

Keep these original sculptures, but if something stands out as soon as you enter the park, even if you see it in the distance, it is the great monolith (“Monolitten”) that, like a sundial, is marking its shadow with the passage of time. It is a unique block of granite of 17 meters of height that is raised on a staggered octagonal platform and is sculpted with 121 naked and intertwined human figures. Try to separate them with your imagination.

Tjuvholmen Sculpture Park

If you want to have a broad range of photogenic frames in Oslo, approach Aker Brygge, the old shipyard. It is a contemporary area next to the port and the Radhuset (City Hall), bustling, fascinating. Here you can shop, take in something enjoying a great atmosphere and excellent views of the fjord and the medieval fortress of Akershus or visit one of the best contemporary museums in Oslo.

We talk about the Astrup Fearnley Museum of Modern Art. The building of modern architecture houses the Astrup Fearnley collection of modern and contemporary art, which is among the largest in Northern Europe.

The building of the museum, with a glass ceiling in the shape of a sailboat (suitable for its location, next to the sea) was built in 2012. And designed by the Italian architect Renzo Piano, known for works such as the Georges Pompidou Center, The Music Park and the New York Times building.

But if you have to choose a place to sit in the open air that is the Tjuvholmen Sculpture Park next to the Astrup Fearnley Museum. The park was conceived by the same author, Renzo Piano, and includes sculptures of very different shape and meaning, from contemporary authors such as Louise Bourgeois, Antony Gormley, Anish Kapoor, Ellsworth Kelly, Ugo Rondinone, Franz West, Peter Fischli & David Weiss.

There are a few sculptures but of the most original, some so colorful that give a touch of modern painting to the environment and if we explore in the surroundings of the neighborhood we will discover more. The place can only be more photogenic if we are lucky enough to contemplate the sunset from here, overlooking the fjord and its islands, as I had a chance to check recently. An evening of those who do not forget.

Oslo Ekeberg Park

In the middle of the hill, surrounded by the forest, Ekeberg Park is unique and different from the rest. You could introduce yourselves to it and forget that you are in Oslo if it were not because the various viewpoints with the best views of the fjord and the city call us.

In this park, you can have a picnic, eat in a good restaurant, play like children on the swings, play sports or look to the point that inspired Munch to paint “El Grito.” And, of course, there are more than 30 sculptures, from the most classic to the avant-garde, with optical effects, in movement and other artistic and audiovisual montages that surprise us in the middle of the forest.

Pic Credit: Anshar Photo

Among them are works of universal art figures such as Salvador Dalí, Auguste Rodin, Gustav Vigeland passing by contemporary artists such as Sarah Lucas, Marina Abramović, James Turrell.

With all this and other places that boast of sculptures, such as the Radhusplassen square between the Town Hall and the harbor, or the great Tiger, located in front of the Central Station or the coquettish Bankplassen. You have the impression that Oslo is a City full of outdoor art.

It has been able to take advantage of its most recognized artists and the newest renovation to have that modern, cosmopolitan and cultural physiognomy on all four sides. It does not matter if we walk the port, in the town center or the hill, in all these places it will surprise us with its sculptures.

Notable Sculptures!


  1. Wonderful Sculpture Parks. I have been there for many times. Your images are really beautiful. Overall, a great blog post.

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