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Firefighters Rescue Girl from Art’s Enthralling Embrace

By Ragnar Tómas

Stuðlar art installation entrhalls a young woman
Photo: Slökkvilið höfuðborgarsvæðisins (Facebook).

Rarely has a sculpture been accused of entrapment.

But such was the implication yesterday when the installation Stuðlar – near the Háskólabíó conference and cultural centre in West Reykjavík – made like a Venus flytrap and ensnared an unsuspecting victim.

A young woman.

The girl, undoubtedly taken aback by the enthralling power of art, eventually required the assistance of the fire department.

“Sometimes we are confronted with unusual tasks,” the Reykjavík Metropolitan Fire Department understatedly observed in a post concerning the incident on Facebook: “Like when people find themselves in the most unlikely of troubles.”

According to the statement, it is unclear how the girl became trapped. What matters is that a fire-engine crew from Skógarhlíð liberated her from her “prison” before long.

“Fortunately, she was unharmed and is, undoubtedly, relieved to be free,” the Fire Department noted.

But that freedom has come at the cost of some good-natured ribbing.

“Who stole her shoes?” a commenter on Facebook rather flippantly enquired.

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