Europe’s best sculpture parks – in Nordics

Three parks among top 10 by influential newspaper
A selection of ten of Europe’s most picturesque displays of outdoor art amid beautiful natural landscape published in The Guardian this week include three in the Nordic countries.
At Skulptur Pilane in Gothenburg, open daily June to September, “a giant white marble head stands atop a rocky plateau,” the newspaper writes. “With its eyes closed it looks particularly serene and who wouldn’t be in the ancient, rugged landscape of Tjörn island, an hour north of Gothenburg. Contemporary works by international artists punctuate the stone circles and grazing sheep.”
More famous are Vigeland Park in Oslo and the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art north of Copenhagen, both of them open daily except Mondays.
Vigeland is the world’s largest sculpture park dedicated to the work of a single artist, Gustav Vigeland, who designed the park himself. It was completed between 1939 and 1949 with around 200 sculptures, most of them human figures in granite, bronze and iron. Sinnataggen, a furious toddler, is the park’s best-known attraction.
Louisiana, on the North Zealand coast, “has landscaped lawns and stunning views of Øresund Sound. Founded in 1958, it was intended to be a hub for modern Danish art but branched out to include the work of well-known international artists”.
Other sculpture parks mentioned in the article are: Lough Boora Discovery Park, Offaly, Ireland; Austrian Sculpture Park, Graz; Kröller-Müller Museum, Arnhem, Netherlands; Middelheim Museum, Antwerp, Belgium; Domaine du Muy, Provence, France; Skulpturenpark-Waldfrieden, Wuppertal, Germany; and Chianti Sculpture Park, Italy.
The Guardian


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