Iceland: Harpa Concert Hall and Sun Voyager Sculpture

Harpa Concert Hall

Harpa Concert Hall

Close-up of Harpa Concert Hall Windows

Close-up of Harpa Concert Hall Windows

Stairway Inside Harpa

Stairway Inside Harpa

Tiered Sitting Areas Inside Harpa

Tiered Sitting Areas Inside Harpa

Looking up at Cubic Ceiling Pattern

Looking up at Cubic Ceiling Pattern

Looking Down Harpa Atrium

Looking Down Harpa Atrium

Looking up at Harpa Glass Wall

Looking up at Harpa Glass Wall

Close-up of Geometric Colored Glass

Close-up of Geometric Colored Glass

Looking at Marina through Colored Glass

Looking at Marina through Colored Glass

Dark Theater Stage with Purple Lighting

Dark Theater Stage with Purple Lighting

View of Harbor from Harpa

View of Harbor from Harpa

Sun Voyager Statue Nearby

Sun Voyager Statue Nearby

Back of Sun Voyager Statue

Back of Sun Voyager Statue

Reykjavik’s modern Harpa Concert Hall is a wow!  We took a behind-the-scenes tour to learn more about its interesting blend of art and architecture. The building’s overall dark color is meant to mimic Iceland’s volcanic landscape.  Transparent geometric glass panels make up the walls of the building and invite the outside in.  Dichroic glass colored yellow, green, and orange on the inside reflects back blue, red, and purple on the outside.  Perceptions both inside and outside the building constantly change with the light and weather.   More info is at: en.harpa.is

The Sun Voyager is a short stroll east of Harpa along the waterfront.  The steel sculpture was created by Jon Gunnar Arnason in 1990. Although it looks like a Viking ship, it is meant to be a dream boat voyaging to the sun – symbolizing a journey forward into light and hope.

About Pam
Richard and Pam lived in the San Francisco Bay Area 14 years (1987-1999 and 2008-2011). They lived in Florida 13 years previously, until returning in July 2011 to present. They hope their photography will encourage you to get out and discover nature's beauty in your own backyard, parks, and wild places. Click on any pictures on this blog to see them full size with additional details.

3 Responses to Iceland: Harpa Concert Hall and Sun Voyager Sculpture

  1. How extraordinary, just stunning!

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