A Gable And a Yard
New Art Project in Reykjavík
June 5 16:00 unveiling
A gable and a yard is a two-year art project engaging in and activating the heart of the city space in the centre of Reykjavík. It is a public intervention that invites us to think with and feel with the urban environment of our everyday circumstances, the sites and situations we are embedded in.
Þórdís Erla Zoëga is the artist who will actualize the promise of the huge wall that visually links the site to its surroundings in the city centre. She is working with the idea of connecting the dots, playing with hidden meanings and stereotypes, creating an encounter between the symbols of public and private spaces.
In the yard, Arnór Kári Egilsson will articulate his visual and spatial vision of the site–one which is partly visible, partly hidden–thus bringing his extensive experience of visual displays in public spaces to shape the yard’s new function.
Both of these works are created and based on the fundamental concept that public interventions need to focus on the dual strategy of being a catalyst and celebrating a given moment of experience and perception. This project is curated by Birgir Snæbjörn Birgisson and Mika Hannula, in collaboration with the city of Reykjavik and Icelandair Hotels.
The purpose of the works is to raise awareness of the issues that matter most to us: who are we and how do we shape our community and interact with each other.