Art Piece Installed in Celebration of LGBTQ Rights Skip to content

Art Piece Installed in Celebration of LGBTQ Rights

An art installation by American visual artist Heather Shaw is currently being erected at Bernhöftstorfa—the complex of preserved 19th century buildings between Bankastræti and Amtmannsstígur in downtown Reykjavík which includes the grassy knoll and promenade below.

Best Peace Solution (BPS) donated the piece, named Vegur Vatnsins, or Way of the Water, which is primarily composed of aluminum and will stand at over 10 meters tall (33 ft).

It will remain at Bernhöftstorfa through the month of August, which was chosen because the Reykjavík Pride Days fall during the week of August 4-9 this year.

Shaw wanted the timing of the two to coincide, in celebration of Icelandic LGBTQ people’s relentless, inspirational and ultimately very successful fight for human rights.

She is the founder and director of California-based immersive design firm Vita Motus and is best known for her creative stage installations, notably utilized by Pharrell, A$AP Rocky and Janelle Monáe, as well as being featured at the Coachella and Electric Daisy Carnival music festivals.

BPS has in the past helped fund projects such as Tónlistarþróunarmiðstöðin (Reykjavík Center for Music Development), the Living Art Museum and screenings of peace-themed films at the Bíó Paradís movie theater.

The construction of the piece can be seen on Vita Motus’ Instagram and Facebook pages as it unfolds.

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