Sigurđur Guđmundsson, Untitled, 2004

This sculpture explores ideas about how nature connects Scotland and Iceland and symbolises friendship between the country's parliaments.

The artwork refers to the migratory patterns of pink-footed geese, which winter in large numbers in Scotland and the UK, after summer nesting in Iceland. The letter-cut granite egg features the phrase 'Með lögum skal land byggja’. This phrase from Icelandic saga translates as 'With laws the land shall be built', which highlights how the laws of a country shape day-to-day life and values. The plinth is made of lava rock from Thingvellir, the historic site of the Althing, the Parliament of Iceland.

The sculpture was commissioned by the Icelandic Parliament and gifted to the Scottish Parliament in 2004 to mark the opening of the Parliament building. 

Granite egg by Sigurdur Gudmundsson

Biography

Sigurđur Guđmundsson was born in 1942 in Reykjavik, Iceland. He lives and works in The Netherlands, Iceland, Sweden and China.

Guđmundsson studied at the Icelandic College of Arts and Crafts from 1960-63  and then at the Academic ’63 and Ateliers ’63 in Haarlem. He has exhibited throughout Europe, including in Finland, China, Iceland, Sweden, the Netherlands, Germany and Britain.

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