STRANGERS AND SIGHTSEERS (CHAIR) // HJALTEYRI// ICELAND
PUBLIC SCULPTURE // 2014
DESIGN TEAM //
JÓN DAVÍÐ ÁSGEIRSSON / ÞORGERÐUR ÓLAFSDÓTTIR
There are no examples of lifeguard chairs in Iceland due to the climate restrains against popular-beach culture. There are few sandy white beaches circling the island, although the recent man-made one in Nauthólsvík, Reykjavík, has proven to be very popular. But the North Atlantic Ocean doesn’t appeal to many islanders apart from bravest of sea swimmers.
The work has several references and is intertwined with my thoughts on William Morris’ Icelandic Journals, 1871, which is an on going research and source of ideas in my practice. The work focuses on the view with no specific viewpoint but the vastness beyond mountains and hills. The title of the work, Strangers and Sightseers, is a quote from the aforementioned journals, and refers to Morris’ thoughts on traveling, that your idea of a place is built and half ruined as you enter it. That there is always a certain uncertainty, if you can become a part of a new place. And lastly that perhaps the reason why we travel, is to escape whatever is ordinary to us. On a more political note the work also points directly to the ocean, source of past income and former employment for Hjalteyri for decades.