Photo by Arnaldur Halldorsson.
Steinunn Thórarinsdóttir, Vision II, 2005, cast iron and glass. Twenty-six of Thórarinsdóttir's life-size sculptures will be on display in Westlake Park throughout the summer starting June 6th.

Westlake Park and the Nordic Heritage Museum to host cross-town sculpture exhibitions

Icelandic sculptor Steinunn Thórarinsdóttir will be featured in two cross-town exhibitions opening Wednesday, June 6.

Titled "Borders", the Thórarinsdóttir installation at Westlake Park will consist of 26 life-size androgynous human figure sculptures made of aluminum and cast iron. The installation will be at Westlake Park for the entire summer.

Coinciding with the installation at Westlake Park will be "Borders at the Nordic Heritage Museum", an exhibition open through August 28 of smaller figures by Thórarinsdóttir and photographs by Murray Head of the exhibition when New York City hosted Borders in 2011.

Both Seattle exhibitions open on Wednesday, June 6 with an opening ceremony at Westlake Park at 5:00 p.m., where Ambassador of Iceland to the United States Gudmundur Árni Stefánsson, Deputy Mayor of Seattle Darryl Smith, and Seattle City Councilmember Tom Rasmussen will be among the guests. The festivities will then move to the Nordic Heritage Museum with a reception from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

With her life-size sculptures, Thórarinsdóttir seeks to bring a significant and striking artistic experience to the daily lives of Seattle citizens and visitors. The figures will stand dispersed around the park and seated on park benches, mirroring each other in silent conversation and form unseen borders that visitors are welcome to cross — serving as ambassadors between sculptures.

The exhibition addresses humanity and cultural diversity, an appropriate theme for one of the most culturally and politically active sites in Seattle. Borders will connect many diverse constituencies to new artistic experiences, foster conversation, and provide a unique backdrop for daily events at this public space.

Exhibition support is provided by Seattle Parks and Recreation, the Seattle Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs, the Nordic Heritage Museum, and The Roosevelt Hotel, with special thanks to Scott White Contemporary, the Consul General of Iceland in New York City, the Icelandic Embassy in Washington, D.C, Iceland Naturally, Seattle-Reykjavik Sister City Association, Icelandair, and Eimskip Shipping Firm.

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