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Recent retiree--35 year's experience teaching reading, English, adult basic education and volunteer leadership skills. Started this blog to exchange ideas and commentary with friends and others having an interest in joining the discussions. Greatest life accomplishments include: 1.organized my 3rd grade class to check out library books for me to get around librarian's weekly limit--Amazon.com, the Mullins Elementary 3rd Grade Class of 1956 is still waiting for "thank you" notes; 2. volunteered in the Peace Corps, island of St. Kitts, West Indies; 3.taught adults to read, earn their GEDs., and speak English as a second language; 4. bought a border collie puppy for $6, got evicted rather than give him up, and began a life-long love affair with all things "Dog"; 5. joined a physical fitness boot camp in my mid-50s--don't mess with someone who's been doing regulation pushups in wet grass at 5:30 a.m.; 6. walked across Northern England with best friend Sally--over 80 miles from the Irish to North Seas; and 7. travelled to many foreign countries for pleasure and work.

Monday, August 27, 2012

Macro Monday - The People's Park


This closeup is of one of over 200 granite, bronze, and wrought iron sculptures in Frogner Park in Oslo, Norway (commonly referred to as Vigeland Park).  The sculpture figures all depict the human condition from birth to death--and many human activities from children running to couples embracing.  I call this the "people's park" because the sculptor, Gustav Vigeland, gifted his works to the city of Oslo in the mid-30s and since then has attracted visitors from all over the world.

Here's a view of the park looking back toward the city street (it was a very rainy day when we visited as you can tell from my photos):

This view is from walking into the park toward the Sculpture Monolith which is the centerpiece of the sculpture collection:


Some other examples of sculptures--some joyful, as with the Dancing Girl or children playing, others depicting more sorrowful human conditions--aging, conflict:


For more closeups from all over, or to enter your own macros, be sure to check out Lisa's Chaos here every Monday.

 

(Photos: August 2011 at  Frogner Park--commonly called Vigeland Park--in Oslo, Norway)

11 comments:

Ingmarie We said...

Lov ely photos from the Frogner Park. Was there last year. Have a fine week.

Linda said...

That is an impressive piece of work! It would be wonderful to see in person - I am sure you were thrilled, in spite of the rain!

Shirley said...

Oh I would love to visit here. Some day I might get to travel far from home. Until then, I will see the world through Macro Monday.
Have a great week..

Jan n Jer said...

very interesting Park...love the sculptures...they really tell a story!

Carletta said...

I'm impressed with the detail of muscle and veins in that first shot. Very impressive work.
Thanks for sharing these unique pieces!

Georgia Girls said...

Fascinating what they can do with hard stone and make it so smooth!

Brian King said...

Cool macro! Those are some great sculptures!

Leovi said...

Delicious photos, poetic sculptures, very nice. Greetings.

ArtMuseDog and Carol said...

Wow ~ Photography is excellent of such amazing sculpture ~ Wow! Carol (A Creative Harbor)

Wonderful to have you come by ^_^

bettyl said...

What an interesting place. I bet one could spend hours there examining the works.

Marie said...

Just INCREDIBLE statuary! Sometimes park statuary is so modern and annoying (to me) but these are wonderful!