This sculpture by Jón Gunnar Árnason reflects the fundamental importance of the sea in both Iceland’s past and present. The abstract ribs of the longship looked wonderful in the slighty wan autumnal morning light. On the far side of the fjord is Mt Esja, clad scantily in the first snowy wreaths of winter. Behind lie half-finished apartment blocks and penthouses: I couldn’t help but wonder how much demand there would be for such expensive dwellings in the wake of the financial crisis which has engulfed the Icelandic economy recently. Icelanders seem to be a pretty determined and tough people, so I have faith that this’ll remain a constant, despite the transience of some elements of the modern society all around. I suspect that Sólfar better typifies steadfastness and stoicism over largesse and materialism.
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