Hidden away in a non-public yard in Akureyri city, the capital metropolis of North-Iceland, I discovered extraordinary vibrant sculptures of fairytale figures. I received permission from the folks artist Hreinn Halldórsson to point out them to you right here in my travel-blog.
I did not learn about this glorious fairytale backyard, however whereas we had been staying at Mývatn for a few days my husband had listened to the information, the place the backyard was featured. So whereas returning residence the following day he needed to shock me and drove right into a residential space in Akureyri and informed me to look into all of the gardens…
I did not know what I used to be on the lookout for however was in awe after I noticed all the colorful statues within the backyard, the place the people artist Hreinn has created a non-public gallery haven in his yard at Oddeyrargata 17 road.
We had proven up unannounced, however Hreinn was in his backyard working and invited us in and confirmed us round, and took the time to inform us about every statue.
The artist Hreinn with Gulli gosi
Right here you will see statues from a number of fairy tales, f.ex. the Grimms’ fairy tales and I noticed Snow White and the 7 dwarves, Sleeping Magnificence, Little Pink Ridinghood and a number of other others. The Swedish Astrid Lindgren’s Pippi Longstocking sat up in a tree together with her monkey. And the mischievous Emil by the identical creator sat on the roof.
Then we noticed figures from Icelandic fairytales, and the Icelandic Dimmalimm by Muggur sat by the pond. And Sigríður and Indriði from the Icelandic e-book Piltur og stúlka.
Sleeping Magnificence and the prince are a brand new addition to the gallery
Hreinn “lets the statues out of his basement”, because it had been, within the Spring and bolts them down so they do not budge, and it may be fairly a job to maneuver them. However Hreinn, who has lived in Akureyri for 13 years now, has had these pleasant statues on show each on the annual Hrafnagilshátíð competition and at Amtsbókasafnið – the Municipal Library near his residence, and extra locations.
Hreinn works on the reception of Resort Kea in Akureyri, however creates his statues in his spare time, all the time including an increasing number of wood statues to his non-public assortment.
Little Pink Using Hood and the wolf
There are greater than 30 vibrant statues now in his yard counting the 5 new additions this 12 months. They’re the colorful Pippi and her monkey, Emil, the elf-lady Álfrún and Sleeping Magnificence and the prince, they usually for certain are an exquisite addition to the gallery.
Youngsters love visiting this vibrant backyard and Hreinn has invited round 250 youngsters from kindergartens for a go to. And extra are asking to return for a go to. And as this isn’t an official gallery he permits them to the touch the statues and sit on them. As soon as he was a bit uneasy although when 3 boys sat on the again of the massive unhealthy wolf within the Grimms’ fairytale Little Pink Using Hood 😉
Álfrún the elf-lady and the wishing stone
Hreinn informed me that he welcomes guests, who need to take a look at his work. Be looking out for the elf-lady Álfrún together with her outdated doll carriage. Within the carriage, you will see a wishing stone. You possibly can contact the wishing stone along with your closed eyes and make a want. Álfrún the elf-lady is a brand new addition to the gathering.
I used to be so fortunate that the solar was shining making the colors of those pretty statues much more vivid. When you look carefully on the statues you will note every kind of recycled materials; candlesticks, kitchen utensils, rope, and many others. Guests have additionally come bearing presents for Hreinn to make use of for his statues.
Dimmalimm and Þórunn hyrna
Hreinn makes use of outdated Christmas ornaments, buttons, outdated toys and will get left-over wooden from workshops to construct his fantastic statues. And he’s an everyday buyer on the handicraft store in Akureyri.
In my first photograph, you will note a Viking within the background. That is Helgi magri, the Settler of Eyjafjörður fjord, about whom you’ll be able to examine in my travel-blog about Akureyri.
On the opposite aspect of the shed in my photograph above, you will note his spouse Þórunn hyrna, the settler-woman. They used to face aspect by aspect however had an argument, so she walked away and was discovered by the home. She is now by the shed and Hreinn is hoping that they are going to reconcile quickly 😉
With Snow White and the 7 dwarfs
By the attractive corrugated iron clad home you will see Snow White, the depraved stepmother, the prince and the 7 dwarfs, every with a particular title, which Hreinn has given to them, all splendidly vibrant and cheerful.
I requested Hreinn if he bought any of his fairytale figures and he mentioned no; he places his coronary heart and soul into his work and desires to maintain them. I can relate to what he was saying.
I’ve additionally put my coronary heart and soul into the 280 travel-blogs about Iceland, which I’ve written over the previous 7 years and regard them as part of myself. And I hope that my ardour for Iceland shines via 🙂
Hreinn informed us the title of this statue beneath, however I can not recollect it; this boy holds a lantern to point out Hreinn the way in which to his home when he returns again residence.
What a stunning go to this was, thanks Hreinn, for creating such an exquisite backyard, it certain brightens up the world 🙂 You possibly can go to Hreinn’s web page on Fb for extra images.
And if you wish to see the work of Hreinn’s function mannequin, the folk-artist Samúel Jónsson, then I’ve written about Arnarfjörður and the folk-artist in one other travel-blog.
I’ve written one other travel-blog about Akureyri if you wish to discover out extra in regards to the pretty capital of the north: Eyjafjörður Fjord – Akureyri, the Capital Metropolis of North-Iceland. There are such a lot of issues to see and do on this pretty city.
Akureyri is positioned up north, some 388 km from Reykjavík the capital metropolis of Iceland. To succeed in this space you can hire a automobile in Reykjavík and drive to Akureyri in sooner or later.
Eyjafjörður, the place Akureyri is positioned, is certainly one of Iceland’s longest fjord, with many sights, so I’ve written some 7 travel-blogs on what there may be to see and do right here. Right here is the first half with hyperlinks to the opposite travel-blogs if you wish to know extra about this lovely fjord.
Have a stunning time in Akureyri 🙂