Vigeland Fountain (Fontenen)

In 1906, the Oslo city Council decided to build a fountain in the square in front of the Parliament. Gustav Vigeland presented a plaster model, but the construction was never started. Despite this, the sculptor continued to work, and over time, the fountain turned into a grand composition of 60 sculptures.

Vigeland Fountain (Fontenen)

In 1924, the municipality gave the sculptor a building for a workshop on the territory of Frogner Park, here he found a place for the construction of his creation. The fountain became the center of the sculpture exhibition in the open air, on which Vigeland worked until the end of his life.

Vigeland Fountain (Fontenen)

Six men hold the bowl of the fountain on their shoulders. According to the author's idea, it symbolizes the " burden of life".

Vigeland Fountain (Fontenen)

Twenty bronze trees entwine human figures and represent all stages of human life.

Vigeland Fountain (Fontenen)

Beginning of life, birth and infancy.

Vigeland Fountain (Fontenen)

Teenage period.

Vigeland Fountain (Fontenen)

Juvenility.

Vigeland Fountain (Fontenen)

Dreams and flight of imagination.

Vigeland Fountain (Fontenen)

Relationship between a man and a woman, creation of a family.

Vigeland Fountain (Fontenen)

Maternity.

Vigeland Fountain (Fontenen)

Wisdom of middle age.

Vigeland Fountain (Fontenen)

Continuity of generations.

Vigeland Fountain (Fontenen)

Transfer of life experience to grandchildren.

Vigeland Fountain (Fontenen)

Senile infirmity and death.

Vigeland Fountain (Fontenen)

Bas-reliefs on the pedestal also follow the theme of sculptural groups.

Vigeland Fountain (Fontenen)

Most of the bas-reliefs depict the games of parents with children.

Vigeland Fountain (Fontenen)

And in fact, if you think about it, a person's life takes place in one of these qualities, first as child, then as parent.

Vigeland Fountain (Fontenen)

Vigeland produced 112 bas-reliefs, but here we can see only 60.

Vigeland Fountain (Fontenen)

Depicting his characters among the branches of trees, the sculptor wanted to emphasize the inextricable connection between man and nature.

Vigeland Fountain (Fontenen)

Part of the bas-reliefs depicts people in contact with the animal world.

Vigeland Fountain (Fontenen)

In total, Vigeland worked on the fountain for more than 30 years.

Vigeland Fountain (Fontenen)

However, the great sculptor did not see his creation in a complete form, the fountain was opened in 1947.

Vigeland Fountain (Fontenen)

Around the fountain is a mosaic of white and black granite with an area of 1800 square meters. The mosaic pattern forms a labyrinth, the length of which is more than 3000 meters.

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