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Police Notified of Motionless Man on Bench, a Statue

Police officers are sometimes called out due to misunderstanding. Recently a notification was received about a man a concerned caller described as sitting motionless on a bench at the southern bank of the Reykjavík pond.


The Reykjavík pond. Photo by Geir Ólafsson.

The police reacted quickly because the condition of the man in question might have been life-threatening, pressan.is reports.

There was certainly a motionless man at the scene: the late poet Tómas Guðmundsson—or, to be exact, a statue of him by sculptor Halla Gunnarsdóttir.

When the truth about the mysterious motionless man had been revealed, the police officers returned to other duties.

However, the Reykjavík Metropolitan Police pointed out that one call too many to the police is better than one too few.

Last Friday 111 years had passed since the poet, often known as “the Reykjavík poet” was born. Tómas, who died in 1983, is by many considered to be one of Iceland’s greatest poets of the 20th century.

The statue of him was inaugurated in the spring of 2010.

Click here to read more about the statue.


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