Helgi Hóseasson, a.k.a. “Iceland’s Protestor,” died at the Grund nursing home in Reykjavík on Sunday at 89. People have placed candles and flowers where Hóseasson used to stand with his protest signs, on the corner of Langholtsvegur and Holtavegur.
Helgi Hóseasson. Photo by Páll Stefánsson.
More than 7,000 people have joined a group on Facebook, asking that a memorial in Hóseasson’s honor be erected on that corner. “I would think it horrible if all the hours that the man stood here on the corner would just be forgotten,” the group’s founder, Alexander Einarsson, told Fréttabladid.
“I live here in this neighborhood and Helgi and I often talked. I moved here in 2001 and then he had been standing on that corner for years or decades,” Einarsson said. “When I delivered newspapers he was always at the corner at 6 am […]. He said I was distributing bashing and lies, but that it wasn’t my fault.”
Hóseasson protested against many things and was especially keen on having his “treaty with God,” made through his baptism and confirmation annulled, RÚV reports.
His wish to be deregistered as a Christian was never granted, though. In the 1970s Hóseasson made the news when he splashed skyr, a dairy product, on MPs on their way to parliament.
One of the signs that he often carried reads: “Hver skapadi sýkla” (“Who created germs”), and is supposed to raise awareness of the fact that if God created everything he must have created the evils of this world as well, as Hóseasson explained in the 2003 documentary Mótmaelandi Íslands.
That sign has now been placed on the corner of Langholtsvegur and Holtavegur in the memory of Hóseasson. Some of his other signs were bought by gallery owner Sveinn Thórhallsson last spring and he intends to put them on display. “In my mind they are works of art,” Thórhallsson told Morgunbladid.
Click here to watch RÚV’s coverage of Hóseasson.