On Sunday, we woke up late and lazed around before heading out to Frogner Park. The weather was beautiful and sunny and everyone at the park was lazing around in bikinis and barbecuing to recover from their 17th of May hangovers.
Frogner park is one of Oslo's most famous tourist attractions and houses the Vigeland Installation, a series of bronze sculptures throughout the park, designed and created by Gustav Vigeland in the early 20th century. The theme of the installation is the "Human Condition." A walk through the park is like walking through the cycle of life, from birth to death. Madeleine and I enjoyed a nice stroll through the park, taking pictures, people-watching, and viewing the sculptures.
Sinnataggen: One of the most popular sculptures in the park depicting an angry boy...
We walked on to the center of the park, which has a beautiful fountain - bronze men holding up a basin - and surrounded by children and skeletons wound within giant trees. The significance of the fountain is to portray that: "from death, comes new life."
We finally made our way over to the Monolith at the far end, the park's main attraction. A 14-meter tall sculpture carved from a single stone, the Monolith contains 121 human figures. In line with the theme of the park, the Monolith depicts many phases of human life: man's struggle for existence, his spiritual realization, and ultimate transcendence.
Last, but not least, we wandered over to a special exhibition called Kongolandsbyen, a replication of a Congo Village. This exhibition has been incredibly controversial and the subject of a lot of social media discussion, making it all the more intriguing. In 1914, this camp was set up in Oslo with around 80 people brought in from Senegal to live in it for the duration of the exhibition. The purpose was to allow Norwegians to gain a bird's eye view into the lifestyle of people and places they were unlikely to ever visit. Artists Mohamed Ali Fadlabi and Larz Cuzner are attempting to recreate this exhibition in light of Norway's 200th year celebrations, to much public outcry and resistance.
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Ha det (Goodbye) for now from Madeleine and I...until our next adventures!