On a clear day we have a view from Gagarin’s office across 120 kilometres of open water to the imposing sight of Snæfellsjökull glacier (1,446m). This glacier capped volcano is located at the tip of the Snæfellsnes peninsula and is famed for being the place where the main protagonists in Jules Verne’s 1864 novel, Journey to the Center of the Earth, begin their adventurous descent. We planned a weekend trip to this iconic location to boost energy levels for our ongoing projects in Iceland, Canada and Norway. We were hopeful of some excellent conditions to make the weekend a fruitful exercise.
The day before we left for the peninsula, however, the weather in Reykjavik was atrocious. We could barely see across the street let alone entertain the thought of ascending a glacier. The team sensed that we needed to take some initiative. We began a vigorous sun dance to please our Nordic gods and perhaps Bárður the guardian of the peninsula, heard us because it worked and conditions could not have been more perfect the next day. As we reached the summit, we got a clear view in every direction.
On our steady ascent in a snowcat, we would like to say that we discussed intensely and exchanged ideas on interaction design. That the various wind-blasted ice forms that we saw inspired us to develop some dynamic textural visualisations - but that wouldn't be true. We just took in the amazing views and shared some good laughs. Half the team skied or snowboarded down the mountain and the other half were crazy enough to hike 1000m down. In all directions, it was off-piste.
This thoroughly invigorating weekend continues to stimulate us in our various projects. The major ones that we are currently working on include installations for the Canadian Museum for Human Rights, National Parks in Norway, Eldheimar (volcano museum) and a museum on French sailors in Iceland.
We look forward to updating you on our progress in the coming months.
Hringur and Sammi hiking.
Created 07 April 2014