Resent visitors know we have a distinguished guest; the one and only; Olga the Travelling Bra (scroll down to previous post and read the introduction and background of this globetrotter!). This gives me the opportunity to fulfil one of the primary goals of my blog; to tell about Norway, our culture, traditions and habits. In the last post I’ve told about how she was charming His Majesty the King’s Guard. This time will be about Olga going crazy in one of Oslo’s most known tourist attractions: The Vigeland Sculpture Park. Olga is a regular reader of my blog of course and she was so very eager to see the statue shown in my blog’s banner above (click all pics to enlarge and enjoy):
Olga greets to ‘Sinnataggen’ (The Angry Boy). Typical for Vigeland’s statues he expresses his mood and phase in the cycle of life.
Olga was actually a bit shy at first, walking around these naked sculptures. When I started to guide her around and told about Gustav Vigeland however, she warmed up and was fooling around with the tourists and statues:
The park covers an area of 80 acres. The 212 sculptures are all modelled in full size. Vigeland also designed the architectural setting and the layout of the grounds. The sculptures are placed on an 850 metre long axis divided into 5 main units: Main Entrance, The Bridge with the children’s playground, The Fountain, The Monolith Plateau and The Wheel of Life.
The rose garden between the bridge and The Wheel of Life – fountain in the background.
On the highest point of the park, on the Monolith Plateau, rise circular stairs towards the Monolith. The figural part, with 121 figures, is 14.12 m and the total height, including the plinth, is 17.3 m high.
The Monolith was carved from one single granite block, hence the name (mono: one, litho: stone). Whereas the melancholy theme in the fountain is the eternal life cycle, the column gives room to a totally different interpretation: Man’s longing and yearning for the spiritual and divine. Is the column to be understood as man’s resurrection? The people are drawn towards heaven, not only characterised by sadness and controlled despair, but also delight and hope, next to a feeling of togetherness, carefully holding one another tight in this strange sense of salvation.
In 1947 the installation of the 36 figure groups on the Monolith Plateau began. Vigeland started the work on these granite groups around the First World War and finished them in 1936. As in the Fountain, the principal theme is the cycle of life in which Man is depicted in a variety of typical human situations and relationships.
Eagerly exploring the many figures, Olga stumbled across a lot of friendly Norwegians, and as a network evangelist like me, she made the acquaintance of three charming girls who were fascinated by her travelling background. They wanted to be famous too, and happily posed together with her. One of these girls found a statue that was just the right shape to try her on too:
Let me end this adventure with a scenery from the plateau. In the background: The Wheel of Life and The Bridge:
Olga is very happy about her stay and how much she has learned about Oslo and Norway so far. She has a lively appetite and wants more of course, so stay tuned for new adventures. You should also visit her own blog, greet her and acknowledge her courage of exposing herself in the land of the Vikings!