The Strange Statues In Frogner Park



Sculptors often express themselves in strange and mysterious ways, but most sculptors don't have their works on display in a public park.

Frogner Park in Oslo, Norway has chosen an odd assortment of statues to fill their park, 23 works that center around nude forms in weird poses doing who knows what to each other (nothing pornographic, I assure you) and often looking quite happy doing whatever it is they're doing.

BuzzFeed has a gallery showing off these enormous oddities, take a gander and i'm sure you'll be asking yourself the same thing I did- "Wait, what's going on here?"

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Bizarre or not, the sculptor definitely knows his anatomy! Men and women across all stages of life, so accurate and lifelike! It seems the moose and lizard/dragon were thrown in there to demonstrate he can sculpt non-human entities with the same level of skill and detail. Truly a master, despite what some may think of the weird poses.
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Contrary to what the article implies, there are far more than 23 sculptures in the park. The sculptures, friezes and fountains are in the Vigeland Park, which lies inside the larger Frogner park. Gustav Vigeland is the genious behind every single one of the works.
The sculpture LisaL mentions, the girl on the reindeer (not deer), is from the nearby Vigeland museum, where copies of sculptures placed elsewhere in the kingdom is displayed, and is not found in the park.
An interesting piece of trivia is that the Frogner park was originally bought by the city of Oslo to be used as a graveyard, but was repurpoused as a public park because there was too much stone in the ground(!).
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The works show skill, but not necessarily beauty. They show nudity as a real thing. The creepy part is the pile of bodies.
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I found really strange that norwegians, this nice people, they are very proud of the park. I've also been there, and when I said I didn't like it, they were surprised.
It's a symbol for them, like a national icon or something like that.
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