Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Norwegian Kirby

Some years ago, while visiting Norway, I went to the Gustav Vigeland Museum and the incredible Vigeland Sculpture Park.  While inside the museum, I happened across a statue that I felt bore quite a resemblance to Jack Kirby.  I shot the picture below and had kind of forgotten about it until I had a recent Facebook conversation with Klaus Nordby.  So here it is, along with a photo of Jack for comparison:

Below is a full shot of the statue:

Interestingly enough, while digging up info on Gustav Vigeland, I found the image below, apparently taken outside at the nearby Vigeland Park:

Probably much ado about nothing, but I thought the resemblance was fairly close.  Anyway, if you ever happen to go to Norway, you must visit the Gustav Vigeland museum and the Vigeland Park,  Here are some images of the sculpture park which Gustav Vigeland designed:

Early Postcard featuring "The Monolith"

If you are interested, you can learn more about Gustav Vigeland here:

Vigeland Sculpture Park
Gustav Vigeland (1869-1943)


  1. It is really interesting what you found out there. Anyone could say the statue was made with Kirby as the model. Face and its expression are identical, no doubt. I guess he would be thrilled by that too. Nice post.

  2. The weird part is not just that the face and hair look like Kirby, but that the angry expression (the unevenly open eyes and the wide downturned mouth) are exactly the way Jack drew that emotion!

  3. What an interesting blog, introduced by a thought-provoking photo. The unusual wall painting of the dwellings is also a strangely modern interpretation. Something like this hieroglyphic view of a park by Swiss painter Paul Klee,
    The image can be seen at who can supply you with a canvas print of it.