Listasafn Islands

Public Art in Viðey Island - Tuesday 31 July, 7.30 p.m.

Tuesday July 31st, art history student Heiðar Kári Rannversson will lead a guided tour about public art around the island. The Imagine Peace Tower is a work of art conceived by the legendary artist, musician and peace advocate Yoko Ono as a beacon to world peace. The work is in the form of a wishing well from which a strong and tall tower of light emerges.

The words IMAGINE PEACE are inscribed on the well in 24 world languages. The out-door sculpture Milestones by the US sculptor Richard Serra is placed on the west part of Viðey. Serra who is one of the most influential sculptors of the post-war era, made this work as a gift to the Icelandic people at Reykjavík Arts Festival in 1990. The work comprises nine pairs of pillars of columnar basalt, which “frame” certain landmarks and destinations. Each pair of pillars is so placed that one stands nine metres above sea level, and the other ten metres. The pillar which stands lower is four metres long, and the other three metres, so the tops of the pillars are level. The distance between each pair of pillars is defined by the varying gradient of the ground where they stand.

Tuesdays are longer than other days of the week in Viðey. Two extra trips are added to the schedule at 18:15 and 19:15 and Viðeyjarstofa Café is open longer. This makes it possible for guests in Viðey to enjoy a lovely dinner at the Café, have a pleasant walk around the island, and enjoy delightful refreshments afterwards in the evening sun. The guided tour is in Icelandic and it is free of charge. It starts at 19:30 by Viðeyjarstofa and takes about an hour and a half. Ferry goes back to Skarfabakki at 22:00 Roundtrip to Viðey ISK 1000.- for adults and ISK 500.- for children 7- 16 years.

The tour will take place in Icelandic. For information on ferry schedules and fee.

Printed of the web Reykjvik Art Museum, 05.56.2015