We Saw So Much Outdoor Art In Reykjavik Iceland
We saw such a variety of outdoor art in Reykjavik when we wandered around. Statues were in downtown squares, in large green parks and along the harbour promenade. When we visited the Einar Jónsson Sculpture Garden, it was like we visited an outdoor art gallery. And the walls of buildings were decorated with colourful murals. Looking for outdoor art, was one of the fun things we did in Reykjavik.
Historic Statues In Downtown
When we walked into the downtown area, we looked for interesting statues. We found the traditional and historic statue of Jon Sigurdsson. In the mid 19th century, he called for self rule for Iceland. And didn’t press for full autonomy. In 1944, Iceland finally established a parliamentary democracy with a directly elected president as head of state.
From there we moved to a more abstract outdoor statue called the “Unknown Bureaucrat”. This statue located by City Hall represented the anonymous city workers who moved about. The man’s head was buried in a large rock and hidden from view.
A statue at the National Gallery of Iceland was a stylized piece that talked to the country’s love of “football” (or soccer for America readers).
It was interesting when we saw the variety of the outdoor statuary in Reykjavik’s city centre.
When we wandered in Reykjavik, we were happy when we found the Hljomskalagardurinn. This large park in the city ran beside the Tjörnin pond.
We loved the green and lush flower-filled spaces. But we were also intrigued with the interesting statues we found settled into the green spaces.
When we wanted to enjoy the outdoor art in Reykjavik in a tranquil setting, we made sure and visited the Hljomskalagardurinn.
An Amazing Variety Of Statues In The Einar Jónsson Sculpture Garden
No visit to Reykjavik was complete without a stop at the iconic Hallgrimskirkja church. The architecture was fascinating to see. But we found another gem just steps away from this church.
We loved to visit outdoor statue gardens. The NOMA Outdoor Sculpture Garden in New Orleans was a tranquil oasis in the city. The Vigeland Sculpture Park in Oslo was a fun and whimsical place to see. Some people might visit the Einar Jónsson Museum. But we headed right to the Einar Jónsson Sculpture Garden in the back of the museum.
This outdoor art gallery kept us intrigued as we moved from one interesting piece to the next. Behind the museum, the Hallgrimskirkja church was visible just over the building.
We wandered slowly around the garden and stopped often. Plaques provided the names of each piece. Sometimes we struggled to see the artist’s vision. But in other pieces, we easily matched the name to the statue.
We were so glad we found the Einar Jónsson Sculpture Garden on our visit to Reykjavik. It was certainly a great place to see a wide variety of the outdoor art in Reykjavik.
Colourful Street Art Murals Around The City
We found so much colourful street art as we walked around Reykjavik. We often found street murals when we visited cities. Often the street art had a strong story to tell. Certainly the street art we found in Belfast on this Nordic cruise told tales of the troubles that city endured.
But most of the street art murals we found in Reykjavik was colourful, fun and whimsical. Some depicted people at work in the city. Some showed interesting art that almost looked like it should be in an art gallery. And other pieces just made us smile.
We were delighted with the colourful outdoor street art murals we found in Reykjavik. It was always a delight when we turned a corner and found a new piece. We had a street art map that showed some of the pieces in Reykjavik. But we only found a few of the many sites on our busy day in Reykjavik.
The Reykjavik street art map inspired me to put a new street art app on my iPhone. We hoped it helped us to plan our city walks better in the future.
Iconic Images In The Harbour
When we planned our explorations for Reykjavik, the first thing we marked on the map was the Sun Voyageur statue. This was the iconic image we did not want to miss. We walked along the waterfront promenade and the statue was easy to find. It looked like an abandoned Viking ship.
We were not the only ones who wanted to pose with the statue. So we waited our turn and got a clean image. Even if it was against the grey skies.
We were happy we found the Sun Voyageur statue on our exploration of the outdoor art in Reykjavik.
Such A Variety Of Outdoor Art In Reykjavik Iceland
The outdoor art was so varied and colourful. We found it in so many spots on our visit to Reykjavik.
Iceland had so many stunning sights natural of natural beauty. We saw many of those on day tours out of town. But we were happy we took time and found the art in the streets when we explored within Reykjavik. A great way to spend a day on our cruise through the Nordic countries.
Did you enjoy the outdoor art In Reykjavik Iceland? Did we miss some key outdoor art spots?
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