Not only is it the most popular tourist attraction in Norway, it is also the world’s largest sculpture park filled with works by a single artist: the collection of 212 stone, bronze and cast-iron statues by Gustav Vigeland in Vigeland Park. The park is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year and on top of that, admission is free. From the ‘Little Hot-Head’ to the imposing ‘Monolith’, the life-size statues are a delight to discover both in the summer and winter.
What better magnum opus could a sculptor want? For 20 years, Gustav Vigeland (1869-1943) worked on an open-air exhibition in the backyard of his home and studio in Frogner, a district in Oslo. It grew into a complete sculpture park with 212 sculptures in granite and bronze. Not only did Vigeland create all of the sculptures, he also designed the park, including the garden architecture, bridges, fountains and enclosure. But he was never able to enjoy his park in all its glory, as most of the sculptures were only placed in the park in 1950, 7 years after his death.