Artist Ingvar Björn Þorsteinsson is setting out to create the largest piece of artwork in the world by soliciting the help of 200,000 Facebook users. Creatively titled “The Largest Artwork in the World,” the project is generating a map of all the Facebook users who sign up to participate, RÚV reports. Each participant who signs up will have a unique symbol added to the artwork along with a line connecting them to the last person who had registered. The symbols attributed to each participant depend on their location, what time of day they participated, and how many friends they have on Facebook. The result is a colourful web of a global map representing the connections between those participating in the artwork. The project will be live at LargestArtwork.org for another 66 days and will then be auctioned. Proceeds will support UNICEF.
Iceland’s Foreign Affairs Committee will meet to discuss the situation in Gaza, although the Foreign Minister has called it “pointless” to cut ties with Israel. RÚV reports that Birgir Ármannsson, the chairperson of the Foreign Affairs Committee, will call together the committee to discuss the situation in Gaza. “The events that we have been closely following are of course tragic, and they cause us a lot of worry,” he told reporters. “The news that is being reported, daily now, underlines the seriousness of the issue.” The committee’s meeting is in response to a request from Left-Green MP Svandís Svavarsdóttir to
As more Progressives leave the party, tensions continue to rise. Last week, former Reykjavík city council candidate Hreiðar Eiríksson announced he was leaving the Progressive Party over remarks Progressive city council candidate Sveinbjörg Birna Sveinbjörnsdóttir made during campaign season, as well as the party leadership’s silence on the matter. Sveinbjörg said she would revoke the granting of a plot of land for Iceland’s Muslims to build a mosque. Other remarks were made by her, and other Progressives, which also used Islam as a campaign point. This is the same reason former Progressive alternate MP Þorsteinn Magnússon gave the Grapevine for
Volunteers are requested to take part in an official counting of seals in northwest Iceland. MBL reports that people with a proclivity for nature in general and seals in particular are being asked to take part in the census this Sunday. The census is being conducted by The Icelandic Seal Centre in Hvammstangi, northwest Iceland. Not all of the seals of Iceland’s coast will be counted. Instead, researchers and volunteers will take a 100-kilometre stretch of beach in West Húnaþing and divide it up into smaller areas, which will then be portioned out to seal counters. While seals are an
Once a year, we like to take a step back and celebrate our little city. It’s not that Reykjavík is a city without problems, or that it’s a place that doesn’t have plenty of ways in which it could improve. This probably goes without saying. We at Grapevine spend a lot of time being critical, after all, and by and large we’re a bunch of cynics. But once a year we like to set all that aside and appreciate the things that make Reykjavík a pretty great place to live. As ever, our BEST OF REYKJAVÍK! issue is about big-upping
A German man’s last wish was to be buried in Grímsey has been granted, reports DV. Richard Ochs was born on January 28 and passed away in February this year. “This is very special,” said Alfreð Garðarsson chairman of the Miðgarðakirkja parish church in Grímsey. “His wife does not want to be buried here though, she made that very clear.” Ochs was deeply taken with Iceland and visited the country regularly throughout the years, making a point of visiting Grímsey. In 1980 Ochs decided that upon his death he would like to be buried in Grímsey and that wish came true last
An Independence Party MP planning to submit a bill that would permit the sale of alcohol in private shops is confident it will become law. RÚV reports that Independence Party MP Vilhjálmur Árnason will submit a bill this autumn that would permit the sale of alcoholic beverages in privately-owned shops, with some limits. For example, alcohol would only be permitted for sale in a cordoned area of the store, and its sale would not be permitted after 20:00. While it is uncertain if the bill in question will pass, Vilhjálmur is confident that public support is on his side. “Based