Roni Horn: Vatnasafn/Library of Water: Stykkisholmur, Iceland

Roni Horn: Vatnasafn/Library of Water: Stykkisholmur, Iceland
Library Shelf Location 18.HORN
Publication Date 2007
Description or the past 25 years, the work of Roni Horn has been intimately involved with the distinctive geography, geology, climate and culture of Iceland. In collaboration with Artangel, Horn has developed VATNASAFN/LIBRARY OF WATER as a multi–faceted long-term installation and community centre in the town of Stykkishólmur on the western coast of Iceland north of Reykjavik. VATNASAFN/LIBRARY OF WATER is situated in Stykkishólmur's former library building, overlooking the ocean on one side and the harbour and town on the other. In the main viewing room, Horn has replaced stacks of books with a constellation of glass columns containing glacial water from around Iceland – gathered from the glacial tongues of Vatnajökull, the glaciers of Hofsjökull, Langökull, Snaefellsjökull, and glacial rivers such as Skaftá, Hvitá and Pjósá. A customised floor is inscribed with both Icelandic and English words describing the state of the weather – or the mood of the viewer... Through the watery columns natural light is refracted and reflected onto the floor creating what Horn describes as a "kind of lighthouse in which the viewer becomes the lighthouse in which the view becomes the light." Absorbing the visitor into a world of weather, water and light, the room also doubles as a space for reflection and a place for community activity from writers' readings to women's chess clubs, yoga classes and meetings about environmental issues.
Quantity 1
Format Brochure style paperback
Publisher Artangel
Related Artist Roni Horn
Category Artist (relating to a single artist/collaborative team)
Keywords Geography, Reflections, Geology
Related Country/Global Region Iceland
Language English

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