A marvelous way to turn the ordinary (dispensing water to the citizens) into something quite spectacular! There were loads of more functional looking taps on the sides of the road, looking as though they were still straight from the aquaducts, but they were quite old and rusty looking, often smelling a bit funny and giving the impression that by 2012 standards the water quality was fairly dubious.
The Stavovske Divadlo/Estates Theatre was where the premier of Mozart’s Don Giovanni was held, on 29 October 1787. To commemorate this, the faceless statue of IlCommendatore (one of the character’s in the opera) is found outside. It is so creepy looking, that it is quite striking until you get the explanation.
My friend Ryan who has recently moved to Oslo, is basically the worst tourist ever. He has pretty much seen nothing since he moved there. And maybe he would say that I’m the worst tourist ever because I wanted to see everything. AND take photos of it. After stopping to take a photo of yet another statue, he said something along the lines of “You really like statues huh. You know there’s a whole park full of them? You’d love it.” I guess he has seen a few places in Oslo after all.
And he was right. It was amazing. Frogner Park, designed by Gustav Vigeland in central Oslo is probably one of the most amazing parks I’ve ever seen.
As you enter the park there is a huge pathway that crosses a statue lined bridge and leads to a huge fountain and then monument in the centre. The pathway, fountain, monument and their surrounds are all covered in statues, mostly of people, in various forms. From intertwined lovers, fathers playing with children, ones that I honest to God could not work out what they were doing, to more creepy ones that appeared to depict spousal abuse.
Wikipedia describes the statues in a most hilarious way: Most of the statues depict people engaging in various typically human pursuits, such as running, wrestling, dancing, hugging, holding hands and so on. However, Vigeland occasionally included some statues that are more abstract, including one statue, which shows an adult male, fighting off a horde of babies.