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The Circle of Life at The Vigeland Sculpture Park in Oslo

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On the Baltic cruise, I had heard that I needed to see the “Little Mermaid” statue in Copenhagen and in Oslo to find the “Angry Baby”. Finding an angry baby seems a simple goal but I was looking for the famous sculpture which resided in The Vigeland Sculpture Park. As this was my first solo cruise, I hadn’t yet figured out the ports (using public transit or hiring a private guide) so I signed up for the cruise tour of Oslo which would stop at the park.  Without really understanding what the park involved and having done no prior Oslo research, I was simply stunned when we arrived at the park and was told the history. Stunned!

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The main gate at Vigeland Sculpture Park in Oslo
Vigeland Sculpture Park Oslo
Sadly we didn’t have time to enjoy the park view
Vigeland Sculpture Park
One section of the 80 acre park of sculptures

The Vigeland Sculpture Park is the world’s largest sculpture park made by a single artist.  Gustav Vigeland has over 200 sculptures depicting human existence from birth to death and all the fun in between. The museum on site has the original full sized models, drawings, carvings and so much more – I had no time to visit but it’s on the list for next time.  Using bronze, granite and wrought iron, my eyes were full of art and my camera was busy snapping as quickly as I could as this was a short visit (I could have stayed for hours).  Not to be mean but I was happy to be the youngest on the tour as that meant I could run to catch up as I dawdled in the back of the group in order to linger at some of the sculptures.  I resigned myself to be last on the bus and that I would need to run along the way (it’s a large park – 80 acres) missing a huge chunk of the park but getting a good overview of the incredible sculptures.

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Woman at Vigeland Sculpture Park
Vigeland Sculpture Park boys running
Boys running along the bridge at Vigeland or just jumping for joy?

Here are a few of my favorites in the park –

The Vigeland Sculptures on The Bridge

Mother and Child Vigeland Park
Mother and Child
Father and Son Vigeland Sculpture Park
Father and Son at Vigeland Sculpture Park

I found the Angry Baby (Angry Boy) and he does look pretty annoyed – what didn’t he get that caused this tantrum?

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The Angry Baby or Angry Boy is hidden in the Vigeland Sculpture Park

The Vigeland Fountain

The bronze fountain at Vigeland depicts trees of life from birth to death.  There are clusters of trees around the massive fountain.

Fountain at Vigeland Sculpture Park
This is one section of the very massive fountain at Vigeland Sculpture Park

The Vigeland Monolith Plateau

Walking up the stairs, I encountered many types of relationships depicted in granite.

Vigeland Monolith Plateau
Many groups of relationships at the monolith plateau of Vigeland
Vigeland Sisters Oslo
Friends? Sisters? What is this relationship?
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Intimacy at Vigeland
Vigeland Sculpture Park Monolith
How many people do you need to step on to get to the top of your career? life? goal?

The Wheel of Life at Vigeland Sculpture Park

Wheel of Life at Vigeland Sculpture Park Oslo
I wasn’t able to get up close to the Wheel of Life as we had to leave

A visit to Oslo whether by Baltic cruise on on your own, definitely add The Vigeland Park to your itinerary – no need to search the streets for the “Angry Baby/Boy”.  You can easily reach the park by public transit, cab or cruise tour.  The park is free to visit and open 24/7.  Do allow yourself more time to explore on your own rather than do a drive by like I did.  Leaving the park, I was sad that I didn’t have more time but happy to have discovered this amazing art – it’s not often that I’m surprised and on this day in Oslo, I was.

Vigeland Sculpture Park Bridge
Along the bridge at Vigeland Sculpture Park

 

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