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Photo: CC. Wikimedia Commons. Björk in concert, 1997.

Björk to be Honoured with Statue in Reykjavík

Icelandic musician and artist Björk has been named an honorary citizen of Reykjavik. The City Council of Reykjavík has decided to commission a statue in her honour as opposed to holding a traditional ceremony.

City honours Björk

At a City Council meeting yesterday, Icelandic singer Björk was named an honorary citizen of Reykjavik. As noted by RÚV, Björk is the eighth individual to receive this honour. Other recipients include Reverend Bjarni Jónsson, ophthalmologist Kristján Sveinsson, former president Vigdís Finnbogadóttir, chess grandmaster Friðrik Ólafsson, music teacher and choir director Þorgerður Ingólfsdóttir, and artists Erró and Yoko Ono.

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Instead of a traditional ceremony, the city council agreed that artist Gabríela Friðriksdóttir would be commissioned to create a statue of Björk. The project will be a collaboration with the Reykjavik Art Museum, and a proposal for the statue’s location will be announced later.

A long and varied career

In a statement from the City Council of Reykjavik, it’s noted that few people, if any, have helped to elevate the name of Reykjavik more than Björk. She boasts a successful career spanning four decades, in both the Icelandic and international arts scene. In her work as a singer, composer, record producer, actress, as well as a pioneer and activist in various fields, no other Icelander has garnered the same international recognition as Björk.

Björk Guðmundsdóttir, known mononymously as Björk, is an Icelandic musician and artist who was born in Reykjavik in 1965. Beginning her music career at a young age, she first gained prominence as a member of the Sugarcubes, an influential alternative rock band. After the band’s dissolution in 1992, Björk embarked on a successful solo career, known for her experimental musical style and unique voice.

Björk has released a series of critically acclaimed albums, including Debut, Post, and Homogenic. Her work spans a variety of genres and incorporates elements of electronic, pop, classical, and avant-garde music. Beyond music, Björk has also made a mark in acting and music production. Renowned for her artistic innovation and powerful stage presence, she has received numerous awards and accolades and has established herself as a leading figure in contemporary music.

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