Saturday, March 22, 2008

Hallgrimskirkja Church and the Art Contest

On the photo you can see Hallgrímskirkja church. It is one of the tallest building in Reykjavík and you can see it from everywhere. On a clear day you can see it even from Hafnafjörður, where we live and which is more than 30 km away from Reykjavík. It took 34 years (1940-1974) to build this church and its architect, Guðjón Samúelsson, died before it was finished. The name of the church honours the Icelandic poet Reverend Hallgrímur Pétursson. I am not particularly taken by its design but you cannot help but admire its grandeur. It became our orienteer in Reykjavik, as I imagine it is for a thousand of tourists who pass through the city.

Perhaps that was the reason why my older son chose to draw it for the FS art contest. I am really impressed with his determination – he chose what he wanted to draw, printed and filled in the entry form and was sure to finish his drawing before his father’s departure to the States.

And, here is the the finished project:

He certainly deserves kudos for trying.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

It's hard not to see the parallels to Antoni Gaudi's "Sagrada Familia" in Barcelona -- similar story, but much cleaner results in this case. Makes me wonder what else Iceland gets right ...!