Gustave Vigeland’s Statue park in Oslo, Norway is unlike anything else in the world.
It has several thousand bronze and granite statues of human figures, all nude and mostly rather lumpen.
These statues attract a million visitors a year – and they are free to view! Yes there are lawns, maples, lakes, bridges and avenues lined with beautiful plants. But the statues are mesmerising, not least because they are nude and define humanity. They are totally unsexy, massive and solid, thick-wasted and took more than 20 years to complete.
There’s an angry man flinging children to the ground, a boy stamping his foot, babies, families, death and spirits. Finally up the broad, functional steps is the ‘Monolith Plateau’. This six-story repulsive but fascinating tower is carved with 121 writhing figures.
Vigeland designed his sculpture park to express “…The struggles and aspirations of humanity from birth to death…”