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Hallgrimskirkja, Skolavorduholt, Reykjavik, with the statue of Leifur Eircksson, by Alexander Stirling Calder in front

RIBA Ref No RIBA113497
Architect/DesignerBjarnason, Horour
Halldorsson, Garoar
Samuelsson, Guojon (d. 1950)
Calder, Alexander Stirling (1870-1945)
Artist/PhotographerTabor, Helen
CountryIceland
Subject Date1986
Image Date2014
MediumDigital image
Library ReferenceTabor 20140812-1120468-Hallgriymskirkja-Reykjaviyk-Iceland
OrientationPortrait
Colour InfoColour
CreditHelen Tabor / RIBA Collections
SubjectClock towers ; Churches ; Concrete
NOTES: This church was commissioned in 1937 but not begun until after Samuelsson's death. It was completed over the following 36 years by Horour Bjarnason and Garoar Halldorsson. The structure is in concrete, designed to resemble columnar basalt formations. The statue of the Viking Leifur Eir+¡ksson (said to be the first European to stumble across America 500 years before Columbus) was designed by the American artist Alexander Stirling Calder. It was a present from the US to commemorate the 1000 year anniversary of Al+¥ingi, the parliament of Iceland, which was first convened at Pingvellir in the year 930 AD.
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