Outdoor palm trees are part of the landscaping plan of a new neighbourhood set to be built in eastern Reykjavík, RÚV reports. The two trees, which will be housed in heated glass tubes, will be the first of their kind in Iceland.
Karin Sander, the artist behind the tropical design, says her intention is to bring a bit of southern flavour to the neighbourhood residents’ daily life. “Instead of taking a tree from Norway, we take a tree that brings to mind summer holidays, beaches, and leisure. We’re not only bringing the trees but also the climate to Iceland,” Karin stated.
The projected cost of the palm trees is ISK 140 million ($1.2m/€1m), or 1% of the total cost of the neighbourhood’s construction. The curious project is the first time that public art is considered in the planning stages of a new neighbourhood in Reykjavík. City Councillor Hjálmar Sveinsson says the palm trees will be “a magnet and a landmark for the neighbourhood.”