According to Morgunblaðið, a sculpture called Sjávarmál has been installed near the ocean on the Eiðsgrandi road in Reykjavík, which can mean both “language of the sea” and “sea level”.
The work, designed by architects Baldur Helga Snorrason and David Hugo Cabo, in collaboration with writer Andri Snær Magnason, was selected from among 70 entries in a competition for a new work of art in the open air in western Reykjavík.
The jury of the competition notes in its comment that the work concerns the interaction of people with nature, which is undergoing rapid changes. In this work, an old method of amplifying the sound from the First World War was used to amplify the sounds of the sea.
On the ocean side is a circular bowl that collects the sound and amplifies it by simply focusing a beam of sound waves. The person in front of the bowl hears an amplified sound.
From the side of the street, all the Icelandic words for “ocean” are carved in stone, reminding you of the thousand-year history of Iceland’s interaction with the ocean. There are 65 of these words.
In addition, the inscription on the copper plate says that if the global climate continues to develop, the level of the oceans will change more in one generation than in the last 50 million years.