Byparken, The Grieg Sculpture
Welcome to the Grieg Statue in Byparken, the village park!
This peaceful place is Bergen’s first official park and dates back to 1855. The park used to stretch over a bigger area but after the big fire in 1855 the streets where straightened and the houses where rebuilt in another order, so that the result was a city with less winding roads and more uniform buildings. Here in Byparken you can go for a stroll, have a picnic on a sunny day, or just sit down and relax underneath a tree listening to the birds singing.
Apart from being a nice park where you can take a moment to relax your feet on our tour, we are here for a special reason. Since 1917 there is a monument in the park in honour of Edvard Grieg! The statue made of bronze and made by Ingebrigt Vik can be found on one of the sides of the park. Ever since it was inaugurated people have come here from near and from far to pay a visit to the great composer. Great in terms of personality and deeds, but curiously enough small in physical appearance! Edvard measured only 152 CM and did only weight 50 kilos as a full grown man! His wife was 10 cm taller than him, and sometimes they used to call themselves “the little trolls”. Anyone who met Edvard would probably not pay too much attention to that, as his blue, starlit eyes, always awake and attentive, is what most people described as his most noticeable attribute. Nothing suggests that Edvard had issues with being of small size, and in most group photos he is sitting down, making the difference in height compared to the others invisible.
Take a moment to check out the other statues in the park, of which the most famous would be The crying child and since the year 2000 there is a statue of another composer; Harald Saeverud, to be seen here as well. In the summer you might be lucky enough to run into a concert given for free here in the park.