The Park, Gustav Vigeland: the story of a man with a complex character

The Park, Gustav Vigeland: the story of a man with a complex character

  • Country: Norway
  • City: Oslo
  • Address: Nobels gate 32

Vigeland Park that surrounds the Museum of the sculptor, evokes contradictory emotions of visitors, especially foreigners. Do residents of the Norwegian capital has long been accustomed to this place and like a lovely day to sit among the sculptures on a picnic.

Gustav Vigeland was a man with a complex character. When in 1921 the city government wanted to demolish his old workshop, he never agreed to that . All offers of the authorities of the sculptor brushed aside completely. Followed the trial, but the law was on the side of the wizard.


Vigeland agreed to the demolition of his Studio in the following terms: the city gives him a new Studio, gives him a lifetime salary and full creative freedom. Instead, the stubborn pledged all their works bequeath to the inhabitants of Oslo. And so it happened.

In a small area of the Museum of the sculptor Vigeland, there are numerous casts of his sculptures, engravings on wood, drawings, personal belongings of the master. Entrance fee 60 CZK does not stop those who had time to examine the work of the author in the Park.


Vigeland worked with Nude models. Having full creative freedom, the master was experimenting by portraying different emotional States. His models were the elderly and infants, men and women. For the main sculptor was the internal state of the model and the external manifestation of this condition. His sculptures are happy, sad, afraid, worried triumph… the Abundance of naked bodies at first confuses visitors, but after the first minute of embarrassment, increasing attention has been dedicated to face, body lines, flexibility and expressiveness.

All the sculptures and the whole composition full of eternal ideas, challenging the thoughts of the perishability of all earthly and the eternity of life itself.


Of all the sculptures the most famous are: “Angry baby”, “Fountain”, and “Monolith”, has long been considered the most recognizable monument of Norway.

Entrance to the Park is free, it is best to get to the Museum and Park on the 20 bus and 12 tram.