staðir / places

Brjánlækur, Surtarbrandsgil
Vatnsfjörður, Westfjords of Iceland

80% of what it is
Riso print for hikers to Surtarbrandsgil, limited edition.
Distributed by the rangers
3D print of lignite from Surtarbrandsgil
Plastic, lignite
Display cases from the Environment Agency of Iceland
Cast bronze, outdoor sculpture

"Our need to own a part of a particular place that has inspired us in some ways, is almost inherent, perhaps we are all collectors or goldminers at the core. Inside the biggest natural history museums in Europe, fossils and lignite from Surtarbrandsgil can be found. Parts of the canyon also exists inside many schools in Iceland where they’ve been transformed into artifacts and narrate a part of their story. This place goes far beyond the gully inside Vatnsdalur. Just like the lignite that was scanned and 3D printed. But the printed copy will never replace the original object. That what is taken away will never be fully replaced.

There is something magical about fossils, ancient lithographs of plants that no longer exist but have been preserved for millions of years - moments that have been printed on to sediments, under layers of lava and finally fossilized since the land began to remember. Instead of picking up what remains of these few fossilized moments in Surtarbrandsgil, travelers are given printed photographs to take home after the hike into the gully. The prints show fossilized leaves and lignite that were once part of this place but were removed a long time ago.

On the way back to Brjánslækur, travelers might see glimpse of glacial moraines that rest on the hill below the manor, like small monuments for the disappeared glacier."

from the exhibition catalogue