Vatnsberinn (stækkun)

Vatnsberinn (stækkun)

Ásmundur Sveinsson

  • Year : 1937
  • Height : 215 cm
  • Width : 148 cm
  • Category : Skúlptúr
  • Sub-category : Steinskúlptúr

Location: Ásmundarsafn sculpture garden. Ásmundur created The Water Carrier in Copenhagen, in the winter of 1936-37. In 1967, the sculpture was cast in bronze and it caused huge controversy when the Reykjavík Beautification Society bought it. Sex years later, a cast of the sculpture was installed in the sculpture garden in Sigtún. The bronze cast was originally installed in Öskjuhlíð in Reykjavík, until 2011 when it was moved to its present location in Lækjargata. The composition of The Water Carrier achieves an equilibrium: The water pails and arms form a symmetrical structure, while the left foot projects forward between the pails, and the right foot back, so the base forms a triangle. The lines of force in the sculpture thus form a near-pyramid shape, seen from any side; this form of composition is well-known in art history as a means to establish stability and steadfastness. The stillness is disrupted by the posture of the head which is slightly tilted and gives a sense of mobility.

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