|Frogner Park- 84 acres of public beauty in Oslo, Norway|
In the middle of Oslo lies the most beautiful public park I have ever seen. It's massive size, immaculately kept grounds, small rivers bubbling through, and beautifully crafted statues make it a sight to behold.
a quick walk through Frogner Park
Gazing around at this beauty, available to all, no litter, no graffiti, the emerald green colors shining in the sun, I am filled with a deep sense of peace. I walk meditatively absorbing the magnificence of it all.
|paths through the park|
|beautifully crafted nude statues of Frogner Park|
check out the gorgeous nude statues that reside throughout Frogner Park
|it's enough to make one pull out their own hair|
At least this is one explanation. One cannot help but notice the phallic shape, and the fact that all figures carved into the monument are nude.
|The Monolith and surrounding statues|
I stop and ask a couple Norweigens about the nudity, "Is this representative of a more relaxed attitude Scandinavians have towards sexuality than America?" I inquire.
"Well, it's definitely partly that. Without a doubt," they answer, "It's also the artist's (Gustav Vigeland) style."
I thank them with a smile, and meander slowly through the park, imagining how vociferously these stunning sculptures would be protested in America, as being "indecent" and "blasphemous," by the same puritanical factions who don't raise an eyebrow to the countless perpetrated murders on television,
As great as America is, there are still values that we'd be better off incorporating which exist in other societies, and as a guy, a more relaxed attitude towards sex, definitely one of them.
an ad in central Oslo, nudity far more accepted