Sinnataggen and I, photographed by Lise Hjertaas
Last weekend, my friend Lise and I spent a few hours shooting outfits in Frognerparken (here, here), a gorgeous public garden in Oslo. The infamous park includes the Vigeland sculpture park, which houses a vast collection of sculptures by the Norwegian artist Gustav Vigeland (1869-1943).
Not only are Vigeland’s sculptures gorgeously voluptious, they are all naked! This makes for great Kodak moments for the more creative tourists visiting our capital.
The sculpture park contains more than 200 sculptures in bronze, cast iron and granite, and covers a large rectangle in the centre of Frognerparken. The park opened in 1940 when only the sculpture bridge was complete — the rest of the area was a construction site.
An impressive 58 sculptures adorn the railings of the 100 metres long bridge leading the way towards Monolitten (the Monolith) at the top of the hill, only interrupted by a couple of pretty spectacular fountains on the climb up.
The most famous sculpture in the park sits on the bridge and is called Sinnataggen. He’s a small bronze sculpture of a little boy throwing a hissy fit. Many years ago he was actually stolen — the thieves cut off his leg at his ankle and ran off with him. The whole country was in mourning until the statue was retrieved and put back in its place.
The main sculpture in the park is Monolitten — a tall granite pillar made up of 121 naked bodies intertwined, standing 17 metres tall and placed at the top of the hill. It is a masterpiece that must have taken years to complete.
Frognerparken is very popular among the people who live in the area — they goof around, sunbathe (topless) and enjoy picnics with friends and family. The plants and flowers in the gardens are supposedly very impressive and well thought out — as an example, there are over 150 varieties of roses here.
Tomorrow I’m going to show you another outfit from the shoot among the Vigeland sculptures, so be sure to come back and visit!
The gorgeous fountain on the middle level, photographed by Lise Hjertaas