Orbis et Globus (Circle and Sphere)

Mynd: Studio Granda
Mynd: Studio Granda

The artwork "Orbis et Globus" was inaugurated on the Arctic Circle in Grímsey Island in the fall of 2017. It is a 3-meter sphere which is meant to be moved around the north end of the island in accordance with the movement of the Arctic Circle.

Before the 2018 Summer Solstice Festival in Grímsey, the artwork was moved about 130 meters to the south, and will be moved again for the Summer Solstice Festival next year.

The artwork is a symbol and a landmark for the Arctic Circle and has attracted attention from all over the world. The aim of the project was to draw attention to this northern most part of Iceland and to increase attractiveness of the island for tourists. Already, this has happened with great success. The inhabitans of Grímsey are less than 100 people and it is of the utmost importance to strengthen residence there all year round.

Most visitors that come to Grímsey now, make an effort to reach "the sphere of the north". They want to see and touch the artwork and while doing so step beyond the Arctic Circle.

Orbis et Globus was designed by the artists Kristinn E. Hrafnsson in collaboration with Studio Grandi. It was selected to be the new landmark for the Arctic Circle in a competition for such an artwork held in 2013.

The next Summer Solstice Festival in Grímsey will be held 20th to 23th June 2019, by that time the art piece will be moved for the second time.

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