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Monolitten i Vigelandsparken.

I worked for 14 years with Monolith. Now more people want to have a monument. – Culture and Entertainment NRK

On July 3, NRK was able to tell the story About three masons who helped Gustav Vigeland carve the Wealth.

They spent 14 years of their lives building Vigeland’s masterpiece. The three may have had health problems from the dust from the granite.

But their names cannot be seen in Frognerparken.

NRK has received many inquiries from people who are now requesting a memorial.

One of them is Lone Keir, the granddaughter of one of the Hidden Masons.

Lone Keir believes her grandfather and the other workers deserve a commemorative plaque.

Photo: Tobias Brosch Simonsen/NRK

– that the artist, the mind behind it, is the one who will get the main credit, I think. She says it is appropriate for stone workers and wrought iron workers to come.

why?

– Because it’s actually a big job. It is many years late, and they have dedicated their lives and health to this.

– It’s not true that it exists

On the other hand, the investors got their name on the bauta at the entrance to the park.

Botha in Frognerparken

Those who donated money to Frognerparken got their own stone.

Photo: Tobias Brosch Simonsen/NRK

There is also a statue of Vigeland himself, with a hammer and chisel in his hand.

Kiar thinks this is misleading.

Gustav Vigeland

Gustav Vigeland with tools he may not have used in Frognerparken.

Photo: Tobias Brosch Simonsen/NRK

– I don’t think it’s right to be there. I don’t think it should have been there at all, she says.

They perform their profession

Guri Skogn, Curator, Vigeland Museum. It confirms that Vigeland is from created monolith.

– The task of the stones was to copy from plaster model to stone. It was literal. In that sense, they didn’t create the Monolith, but they clearly were important, she says.

Jorry Skogen

Guri Skuggen believes there are better ways to honor workers than to put up a plaque.

Photo: Tobias Brosch Simonsen/NRK

Everyone who has worked at Vigeland, and those who work with other artists, get paid for the work they do. perform their profession.

It is unusual for workers to be given credit

Lone Keir still thought it strange that the stones were not mentioned in the garden.

— Also in our time, where we’re getting better at taking out walkers, she says.

But according to Scoggin, it’s still unusual for people to get credit for “walking people.”

She highlighted “Mother,” the large Tracey Emin statue recently erected in front of the Munch Museum.

The sculpture The Mother in Place at the Munch Museum, with British artist Tracey Emin.

Tracy Emin is the artist behind “The Mother”.

Photo: Heiko Junge / NTB

It required workers to cast the bronze, weld it together, and set the statue.

– You didn’t mention their names. There’s Tracy Emin that you mentioned. Then you can debate whether it’s true, but it’s not uncommon to refer to artisans in this way, Skogen says.

Not the best way to honor them

The curator says that the museum has very little information about all those who worked in Vigeland.

Therefore, you think that it will be difficult to make a memorial plaque.

Stone Blog by Monolith

There is little information about Vigeland workers.

Photo: Unidentified person via Oslo Museum

– I’m not sure if this is the best way to honor those who worked in Vigeland, she says.

According to Skuggen, the Vigeland Museum prefers to be better at disseminating stories about workers online and in exhibition projects.

Would you consider such a commemorative plaque?

– In this case we should do more research first, so as to have a complete overview of who worked in Vigeland. But I think it might have been something.

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