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Sólfarið - Reykjavik, Iceland
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member tatie
N 64° 08.855 W 021° 55.335
27W E 455130 N 7113784
Quick Description: Sólfarið is located in Reykjavik, Iceland.
Location: Iceland
Date Posted: 7/9/2012 5:14:59 AM
Waymark Code: WMEVAB
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member saopaulo1
Views: 32

Long Description:
In 1986, the district association of the west part of the city funded a competition for a new outdoor sculpture to commemorate the 200th anniversary of the city of Reykjavík.

Jón Gunnar’s Sun Voyager won the competition, and the aluminium model (42,5 x 88 x 36 cm) was presented to the city for enlargement. The full-sized Sun Voyager was eventually unveiled on Sæbraut on the birthday of the city of Reykjavík, August 18th, 1990.

Sólfarið ,Sun Voyager is a dreamboat, an ode to the sun.

Intrinsically, it contains within itself the promise of undiscovered territory, a dream of hope, progress and freedom. The sculpture is located by Sæbraut, by the sea in the centre of Reykjavík, Iceland.

It is a common misunderstanding that Sun Voyager is a Viking ship. It is quite understandable that many tourists think like this when travelling in Iceland, the land of the sagas. Nonetheless, it should be stressed that this was not the original intention.


The work is constructed of quality stainless steel and stands on a circle of granite slabs surrounded by so-called “town-hall concrete”.
Title: Sólfarið

Artist: Jón Gunnar Árnason

Placement Date: 1990

Website: [Web Link]

Type of Object: Boat

Location: Along the sea shore in the city of Reykjavik

Material: Aluminium

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