2008-02-06

The Monolith

This is a closer look at (part of) the Monolith by Gustav Vigeland.

At the highest point in the park lies the parks most popular attraction, The Monolith (Monolitten). (...) Construction of the massive monument began in 1924 when Gustav Vigeland himself modeled it out of clay in his studio in Frogner. The design process took him ten months, and it is speculated that Vigeland had the help of a few sketches drafted in 1919. The model was then cast in plaster. In the autumn of 1927 a block of granite weighing several hundred tons was delivered to the park from a stone quarry in Halden. It was erected a year later and a wooden shed was built around it to keep out the elements. Vigeland’s plaster design was set up next to it to give reference to its sculptors. Transferring of the figures began in 1929 and took 3 stone carvers 14 years to accomplish. On the Christmas of 1944 the public was allowed to admire The Monolith and 180,000 people crowded the wooden shed to get a close look at the creation. (...)

The Monolith towers 14.12 meters (46.32 ft.) high and is comprised of 121 human figures rising toward heaven. This is meant to represent man’s desire to become closer with the spiritual and divine. It portrays a feeling of togetherness as the human figures embrace one another as they are carried toward salvation.

Photo by Stormel.

More info about the Vigeland Sculpture Park (Wikipedia).

More photos from the Vigeland park.

3 kommentarer:

Pat sa...

How interesting today! What a great work of art!


Pat

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Uma por Dia sa...

I like it a lot!

Fabrizio - ikol22 sa...

I like it very much me too and thank you about so detailed informations (and photos about Vigeland Park). I visited time ago Oslo (in hurry) and unfortunately I miss it... Next time :-)