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New Outdoor Sculpture Unveiled in Reykjavík

A new outdoor sculpture by Sólveig Aðalsteinsdóttir, entitled “Streymi tímans” (“The Stream of Time”), will be unveiled by director of Reykjavík Art Museum Hafþór Yngvason during a ceremony in Litlahlíð by Bústaðavegur in Reykjavík today at 2 pm.


Sólveig Aðalsteinsdóttir in Litlahlíð. Courtesy of the museum.

Sólveig’s artwork is unusual in the sense that it demonstrates cordiality and respect for nature, as stated in a press release. Ages ago, the area in which the sculpture stands was covered by the Ice Age glacier. It began receding approximately 12,000 years ago and eventually disappeared.

After the load of the glacier had been removed, a process of uplifting began and soil, animals and vegetation that had been there before returned. Gradually, no evidence of the glacier were left, except for some sheepbacks (hvalbak or “whale backs” in Icelandic).

These are rock formations that were created by the passing of the Ice Age glacier, standing out in gravel and grassy patches and look like whales’ backs sticking out of the ocean.

Sólveig’s sculpture stands in a location where one can see traces of how the glacier cleared its path to the northwest, crushing cliffs, rubbing down boulders and marking them with loose rocks. It also provides a good view of surrounding mountains, the stars and northern lights.

Lovísa Ásbjörnsdóttir and Kristján Jónasson, geologists at Icelandic Institute of Natural History, will discuss the geological wonders of the area on which Sólveig’s work is based. The presentations will take place in Icelandic. Attendance is free and open to all.


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