Eratosphere Forums - Metrical Poetry, Free Verse, Fiction, Art, Critique, Discussions Able Muse - a review of poetry, prose and art

Forum Left Top


Thread Tools Display Modes
Unread 02-04-2017, 07:41 PM
Allen Tice's Avatar
Allen Tice Allen Tice is offline
Join Date: Nov 2006
Location: Brooklyn, NY USA
Posts: 4,572
Default The Unknown Bureaucrat

Not long ago I visited Iceland for the Aurora Borealis at the Equinox. While there, in Reykjavik we came across this sculpture. It was originally placed at ground level, but has been elevated to a pedestal. Without any more exposition here are some links. I like it very much.

Ë■ekkti EmbŠttisma­urinn
The Unknown Bureaucrat
Magn˙s Tˇmasson
Reply With Quote
Unread 02-05-2017, 06:31 PM
John Whitworth's Avatar
John Whitworth John Whitworth is offline
Join Date: Aug 2007
Location: United Kingdom
Posts: 12,945

Thank you, Allen. Hasn't sculpture improved lately. There are two wonderful ones (one of John Betjeman) in Saint Pancras Station and one outside the library in Canterbury celebrating Chaucer. All done in the last few years.

Painting's got better too. My daughter paints beautifully in an expressionist style. There's one on the front of my latest book, 'Joy in the Morning'.
Reply With Quote
Unread 02-06-2017, 11:26 AM
Sharon Passmore Sharon Passmore is offline
Join Date: Oct 2002
Location: Greenville, SC
Posts: 2,358

Thank you, Allen. This is wonderful. At first I wasn't sure if this meant to be sympathetic or insulting. Maybe it's both although the information online seems to lean towards the sympathetic.
Reply With Quote
Unread 02-06-2017, 12:10 PM
Allen Tice's Avatar
Allen Tice Allen Tice is offline
Join Date: Nov 2006
Location: Brooklyn, NY USA
Posts: 4,572

Historically, in their sagas and poems, Icelanders have been very laconic, droll, and tongue-in-cheek. While not as cold near the shore as its name suggests, until recently life has sometimes been very, very demanding because of limited wood supplies, and then there were those long isolated nights of winter that nourished irony and a needful sense of humor.
Reply With Quote


Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Forum Jump

Forum Right Top
Forum Left Bottom Forum Right Bottom
Right Left
Member Login
Forgot password?
Forum LeftForum Right

Forum Statistics:
Forum Members: 8,026
Total Threads: 19,755
Total Posts: 251,527
There are 203 users
currently browsing forums.
Forum LeftForum Right

Forum Sponsor:
Donate & Support Able Muse / Eratosphere
Forum LeftForum Right
Right Right
Right Bottom Left Right Bottom Right

Hosted by ApplauZ Online