Connor Nelson and Norway’s Prolific Sculptor


Gustav Vigeland was one of the most prolific Norwegian sculptors. He created a style uniquely his own after being influenced by multiple neo-classical and realist sculptors. In 1921, he entered a contract with the city of Oslo. In exchange for studio space and a salary for the remainder of his lifetime, He donated all of his works to the city and agreed to having his studio turned into a museum after his death. His life project became creating sculptures for Frogner Park, the area around his studio. Now the park is the home of his grand fountain and many other monumental and brilliant granite and bronze sculptures. I chose Gustav Vigeland as a topic because I was in the park in 2010, and I remembered its vast beauty. Visiting again, and researching the artist prior to doing so made it even more meaningful. It isn’t a typical art museum. There were thousands of people in the park, from tourists to local Norwegians enjoying the sunshine.


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