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Profile of the Day: Gustav Vigeland

On this day in 1869, Norwegian sculptor Gustav Vigeland was born. Considered one of the most important artists in Norwegian history, Vigeland is perhaps best known for his creation of Vigeland Park in Oslo, Norway. The impressive art installation is the world’s largest sculpture park made by a single artist.

Image: Gustav Vigeland / National Library of Norway, Flickr

Vigeland was born Adolf Gustav Thorsen on April 11, 1869 in Mandal. Born to a family of craftsmen, Vigeland’s father was a cabinet maker and carpenter. He spent his youth learning wood carving and later moved to Oslo determined to become a professional sculptor.

Vigeland is perhaps best known for the Vigeland installation, a permanent sculpture installation in Frogner Park in Oslo, Norway. The park holds over 200 bronze and granite sculptures designed by Vigeland. Today the park is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Norway, with 1-2 million visitors a year.

Did you know Vigeland is also the designer of the Nobel Peace Prize medal?

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