24 Sep The weirdest statues in the world: The incredible creations on display in a Norwegian park
Public parks are not a place you would expect to stumble across a statue of a naked man kicking babies.
But the managers of Oslo’s largest park, Frogner Park, like to offer walkers and tourists something truly eye-catching when they step out for some fresh air.
Among the most eye-catching artwork is men battling babies, women being forcefully carried away and piles of bodies on top of each other.
There is even a sculpture of a naked baby crying, known as Angry Boy.
One statue depicts four child-shaped ‘genii’ spirits attacking a man.
The park was completed between 1939 and 1949 and all the statues are centred on the Human Condition theme of the park, illustrating relationships between men and women, adults and children.
Among the pieces is the Wheel of Life, a wreath depicting four people and a baby floating in harmony. It is a symbol of eternity and represents man’s journey from the cradle to the grave.
All the sculptures were modeled in clay and professional craftsmen did the carving in granite and bronze
Another is the Fountain, adorned with 60 individual bronze reliefs, and shows children’s skeletons on the arms of giant trees.
It is designed to illustrate that from death comes new life.
The most popular attraction sits at the highest point in the park. The 46ft high Monolith is made up of 121 human figures rising towards the sky and is carved from a single piece of granite.
It is designed to represent man’s desire to become close with the spiritual world and the humans embracing each other are carved as if they are being carried towards salvation.
Work on the structure began in 1924 when Vigeland modeled it out of clay in his studio.
It was eventually erected in granite in 1928 and work to transfer the figures began in 1929, taking three stone carvers 14 years to finish. It was finally unveiled in 1944.
The City of Oslo was a main funding contributor to the park. All the sculptures were modeled in clay and professional craftsmen did the carving in granite and bronze.
Vigeland died in 1943.