The Reptiles of Vigeland
Speaking with a friend this weekend who recently visited Scandinavia for the first time had me reminiscing about some places there that left a stark and beautiful impression on me.
Oslo, as a city, is one of those impressions. My brief journeys there were always in summertime. I know that no one city is completely idyllic, but areas here came close. At the time I visited, the subway system was not extensive and, compared with other Scandinavian metro systems, seemed almost quaint, until ending it’s route in the rugged hilly suburbs.
Sometimes I never set foot in any museums while travelling and other trips I spend vigorously museum hopping. Oslo was the latter. I fell in love with several spots and, to date, have not had a more memorable experience exploring the culture and arts of a city. The Ibsen Museum, the National Museum of Art, the Architecture Museum…speaking of Architecture, in a city I love I definitely saw buildings around every turn that made me stop or brought some emotion to pass.
Vigeland Sculpture Park was certainly on the rounds and a place I meandered, intrigued, for a couple of hours. What follows here is some of Vigeland’s work. I have been searching for any texts which discuss the pretty intriguing reptile theme in some of his work, but have not found it to date. Some of the images are in the museum and some in the park. I hope to return someday to peer upon these beauties again, perhaps ask around about the reptilian link and perhaps shoot in color on a heavy cloud horizon, dramatic sky day.