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Statue of Reykjavík Poet Displayed Next Spring

Visual artist Halla Gunnarsdóttir won Reykjavík City’s competition for the best statue of Reykjavík poet Tómas Gudmundsson (1901-1983), which will be placed on a bench by the pond in the city center next spring.

The view of the Fríkirkjan church across the Reykjavík Pond. Photo by Eygló Svala Arnarsdóttir.

Gunnarsdóttir said that after studying the poet, reading his poems and interviews with him and talking with a good friend of his, she deemed it suitable that he would sit and watch his inspirations, like the junior college Menntaskólinn í Reykjavík (MR) and the Fríkirkjan church, Morgunbladid reports.

“He thought a lot about the MR years,” Gunnarsdóttir stated. The artist chose the location of the path by the pond and the bench so that the poet would become a part of the daily life in the capital, which is probably what he would have preferred himself, she said.

The jury concluded that the winning statue has “a strong reference to Reykjavík, among other factors through the city bench on which the statue will sit. The statue is delicate and detailed and describes Tómas as a young, elegant gentleman.”

“Tómas is sitting relaxed and reflective on the Reykjavík bench and invites guests to come and sit beside him, then directs their attention to Kvosin [a district in the city center] and thereby the history of Reykjavík,” the jury concluded.

Halla Gunnarsdóttir finished her MBA studies in Paris last summer and has recently moved to Iceland after living abroad for 15 years.

Tómas Gudmundsson is often known as Reykjavíkurskáldid, the Reykjavík poet, because he was one of the first to write odes to Iceland’s capital.

He released five poetry books. His second, Fagra veröld (1933; “Beautiful world”), became an immediate bestseller.

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