Last weekend the boyfriend and I took a little stroll around the harbor area in Reykjavík and visited a new outdoor art piece that has been officially open to visitors since late December. For some reason its existence had completely escaped me but the lovely Peter who runs the Reykjavík Coworking Unit, where I now spend my afternoons working, mentioned it to me after having just visited it. I knew I would benefit from this Coworking situation. Anyway, off we went and we even found out its name and maker: Þúfa by Ólöf Nordal.
Þúfa is basically a small man made hill, 26 meters in diameter and 8 meters high, with stone steps to reach the top. On the top you’ll find a small fishing shed where the plan is to hang shark and different types of fish for drying. I can confirm that when we went up there we did indeed see some fish in the shed. If I’m not mistaken, the piece was commissioned by HB Grandi (one of Iceland’s largest fishing company) and Faxaflóahafnir (Associated Icelandic Ports) which probably has a lot to do with where the piece is located, next to HB Grandi’s processing plant.
I really enjoyed this piece but as I’ve mentioned about a 100 times before I love the sea and the area around Reykjavik harbor so that may not come as a surprise. Walking towards it from the downtown area takes you around the old harbor with all its delights and the site offers great views of the city. We used the oppertunity to walk out to a little lighthouse type thing just next to it that gives you excellent photo ops of the amazing Harpa.
You may be familiar with some of Ólöf’s other works but she’s the one responsible for the little secret foot bath, Kvika, by Grótta lighthouse and the Great Auk on Reykjavík’s south coast. All of these, Þúfa included, are well worth checking out.