The Oslo City Hall is the main municipal building in Oslo and, as it stands today, was constructed between 1931 and 1950, with an interruption during the Second World War. It was designed by architects Arnstein Arneberg and Magnus Poulsson. The building is located in the city center, facing the Oslofjord.
Oslo City Hall is built of red brick and has two towers, one 63 meters tall and other 66 meters tall. The bricks used are roughly the same size as bricks used in the Middle Ages.
Various events and ceremonies take place in the building, including the Nobel Peace Prize ceremony which takes place every December.
In January 1937, eight painters and 17 sculptors were hired to decorate the City Hall. Most of the work was completed by the opening of the hall in 1950.
The building’s main hall was decorated by Henrik Sørensen and Alf Rolfsen. The floor and parts of the walls are clad in marble. The hall has a series of wall paintings depicting Norway and Oslo between the wars, and also during occupation. They depict the growth of commercial activity in the city, including the rise of the labour movement. Various monarchs and the city’s patron saint, St. Hallvard are also depicted.
Frogner Park (Norwegian: Frognerparken) is a public park located in the borough of Frogner in Oslo.
Frogner Park contains, in its present centre, the Vigeland installation (Norwegian: Vigelandsanlegget; originally called the Tørtberg installation), a permanent sculpture installation created by Gustav Vigeland between 1924 and 1943. Although sometimes incorrectly referred to in English as the “Vigeland (Sculpture) Park,” the Vigeland installation is not a separate park, but the name of the sculptures within Frogner Park. The sculpture park consists of sculptures as well as larger structures such as bridges and fountains.
The sculpture installation is the world’s largest sculpture park made by a single artist. Frogner Park is the most popular tourist attraction of Norway, with between 1 and 2 million visitors each year, and is open to the public at all times. Frogner Park and the Vigeland installation were protected under the Heritage Act on February 13, 2009, as the first park in Norway.