Visit to the Vigeland Sculpture Park in Oslo, Norway




michael binkley sculptor stone sculpture vigeland park oslo norway

Many years ago, longtime supporters and collectors, the Stormorkens told me about a sculpture park in their native country that I simply had to visit. As a stone sculptor, they felt I really should know about Gustav Vigeland and his work. I researched him and knew they were right – if ever I got the chance, I would pay a visit to the Vigeland Sculpture Park  in Oslo, Norway.

On July 3, 2018 I realized my wish. Michelle and I took our dogs for an afternoon in the Park and we were blessed with a beautifully sunny day.

Although I’ve managed to photograph these granite sculptures without many people in the picture, it was well subscribed to that day. And as I mention in my video, I was struck by the fact that none of the other visitors to the Park were offended by, nor giggled at the nude art works.

michael binkley sculptor stone sculpture vigeland park oslo norway

This is a pet peeve of mine in Vancouver, BC, Canada, where politicians and bureaucrats wring their hands in fear of “offending” the public and refuse to allow the nude in public art. So sad, especially when one sees the beauty of art in the rest of the world.

michael binkley sculptor stone sculpture vigeland park oslo norway

Not only does the pubic look at the sculptures, but they touch the art works – especially the granite ones. This is evidenced by the slightly blackened areas of the stone. I am thrilled, as I encourage viewers to touch my work. I feel it is an integral part of sculpture, and especially of stone sculpture.

michael binkley sculptor stone sculpture vigeland park oslo norway

Let me know your thoughts on the nude in public art and if you have any questions arising from my video in the comments below.

8 Responses to “Visit to the Vigeland Sculpture Park in Oslo, Norway”

    • Michael Binkley

      Thanks. Mom. Who knows what will come out of me in Italy this fall….

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  1. Mary Macdonald

    Fabulous video and accompanying commentary. I was there in 1962 when I was pretty young and got more out of it watching and listening to you. Thanks

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    • Michael Binkley

      Thank you, Mary. We both had to have a reflection evening after the visit – so much to take in…

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  2. Sabine Goetz

    I became very emotional viewing this video of these magnificent sculptures by Gustav Vigeland. How wonderful it must have been to be in their presence. Thank you for your insightful commentary. Yet another place to add to my bucket list!

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    • Michael Binkley

      I’m glad you were moved by his work. Its most impressive firsthand, and I am so grateful to have finally been there. Thanks for your kind words.

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    • Michael Binkley

      Actually, Doreen, it was smoking hot for us and the dogs. We managed a few hours before heading for the shade of a cafe.

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