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Oslo’s Vigeland Sculpture Park

Vigeland Park (wikipedia)

Vigeland Park (wikipedia)

The NY Times 36 Hours travel series goes to Oslo, visiting parts of this city’s vibrant public realm, from the pedestrian street Karl Johans Gate, its new Opera House, redeveloped waterfront and finally, the 80-acre Vigeland Sculpture Park.

The…park (official website) is the work of the sculptor Gustav Vigeland (1869-1943), who not only designed the park itself but also created the more than 200 sculptures that dot its grounds, including the massive Tower-of-Babel-like centerpiece known as the monolith, with its collection of writhing, naked bodies carved out of a single granite block. The park, which you can reach either on a short ride on the No. 12 tram or through a pleasant walk through a lovely residential neighborhood, is extremely popular with the locals. On a recent afternoon, the crowd included picnickers, sunbathers, families out for a stroll, and even two groups of rival cheerleading squads practicing their routines. (Was “Bring It On” a big hit in Norway?)

Oslo is a city with a legacy of investments in the public realm and is said to have one of the finest city park systems in Europe, with 95% of the city’s inhabitants living within 300 meters (1/5 mile) of park or an open green space.

One Response

  1. We saw it in late October at sunset – orange leaves with pink velvet skies, what a stunner!
    If you want to see the photos: http://eleonoraschinella.wordpress.com/2009/11/11/vigewonderland-oslos-vigeland-park/

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