A vast green lung and a favorite hangout for locals, Vigelandsparken has 212 bronze, granite, and wrought-iron sculptures by Gustav Vigeland (1869–1943) as well as ample park space. The 56-foot-high granite Monolith is a column of 121 upward-striving nudes surrounded by 36 groups on circular stairs. The Angry Boy, a bronze of an enranged cherubic child stamping his foot, draws legions of visitors and has been filmed, parodied, painted red, and even stolen.
Kids love to climb on the statues. There's also a museum on-site for those wishing to delve deeper into the artist's work.
Frognerparken, Oslo, 0268, Norway
Oct 4, 2005
This is a great stop on your tour of Oslo. It's the large collection of single-artist sculptures in an outside park that centers on a huge Monolith, which is just amazing. The best part? It's free! It's a great stop on a nice day when you have time to just wander around and look at all of the sculptures.
Aug 27, 2003
Powerful statues, wonderful park to sit down and relax and people watch. I was there in mid-July and the weather was refreshing and lots of people about. Overall, I found Oslo disappointing from a tourist's perspective (take the train to Bergen, its spectacular) but if you're going to spend a couple of days in the city, this is a must see.