Norway, Oslo, Vigeland Sculpture Park / Monoliten Statue (by Gustav Vigeland)

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The centrepiece of Frognerparken is an extraordinary open-air showcase of work by Norway's best-loved sculptor, Gustav Vigeland, and is home to 212 granite and bronze pieces by the artist. His highly charged oeuvre includes entwined lovers, tranquil elderly couples, bawling babies and contempt-ridden beggars. Speaking of bawling babies, his most famous work here, Sinnataggen (Little Hot-Head), portrays a child in a mood of particular ill humour.

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1. Frognerparken

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2. Oslo City Museum

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3. Vigeland Museum

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4. Oslo Contemporary

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5. Nasjonalbiblioteket


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6. Nobel Institute

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7. Queen Sonja Art Stable


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8. Royal Palace

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