Posted by: danielfee | February 13, 2013

Travel Photo of the Day 02-13-2013

Fountain at Frogner Park - Oslo, Norway

Fountain at Frogner Park – Oslo, Norway

Fountain at Frogner Park

Fountain at Frogner Park

 

 

Frogner Park, to the west of downtown Oslo,  is also know as Vigeland Park because it contains the lifetime work of Gustav Vigeland, Norway’s greatest sculptor. In 1921 he made a deal with the city in which he would spend his creative life beautifying Oslo in return for the city providing him with a great studio and state support. So from 1924 to 1936 he sculpted the 192 statues with a total of 600 unique nude figures, which are displayed in the 75 acre park. Entrance to the park is free and is always open to the public.  The City of Oslo initially bought the property in 1896 to secure space for further urban development. But the municipal government decided around 1900 to make a park for recreation and sports. Subsequently they decided that Gustav Vigeland’s fountains and all his monuments and statues should be placed in the park. In total the park features 212 bronze and granite sculptures, which include 600 unique nude figures.

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