Clear skies over Oslo, Norway with a late-April temperature climbing to over 21C/70F made for a perfect day to walk through Frogner Park. The Vigeland Park sculpture installation consists of more than 200 stone and metal sculptures depicting people of all ages from infants to the elderly. Vigeland’s sculptures represent the circle of life. The artist spent the last 20 years of his life from 1924-1943 creating pieces for what is currently the largest single-artist sculpture park in the world.
Frogner Park was created when the city administration of Kristiania, as Olso was then named, purchased the private land of Frogner Manor in 1896 and created a public park, which opened in 1904. A stadium and a park bridge were constructed and opened in 1914 as part of the Jubilee Exhibition celebrating the 100th anniversary of Norway’s constitution.
Frogner Park is Oslo’s largest city park and the number #1 visited attraction in Norway.
The Bridge in Frogner Park was initially laid out for the 1914 Jubilee Exhibition. Vigeland’s bronze sculptures were added in the 1940s.
46 of 58 sculptures on The Bridge were installed during summer 1940. Nazi Germany had invaded and occupied Norway in April 1940.
The Monolith is a 17-meter column depicting 121 figures.