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Designed in collaboration with
Fanney E Antosdóttir

cod fish

Inspired by: “The bird that flew away and left time behind”.
Icelandic tradition of drying fish.

Made for:
Live Space 2001

Price: 655 euro

What, how and why.

Uggi lights were first exhibited as an installation of 14 fish lamps, sand and feathers in The Museum of Decorative Arts in Copenhagen in 2001 under the name “The bird that flew away and left time behind”. The installation was a reflection on our Icelandic heritage and cultural identity.


The lights have since then been exhibited by numerous galleries and museums in Europe and USA such as Guggenheim in Berlin, FNAC in Paris, The National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington DC, Scandinavian House in New York, The International Design Biennale in St.Etienne and the National Museum of Iceland in Reykjavik.


The work referres to the old Icelandic tradition of drying whole fish. The fish was hung up on special wood constructions where the winds would dry them. This architecture was very visible in the landscape in the coast areas up to modern days. Dried fish or Stock fish was an important export product in Iceland for centuries as well as being highly appreciated by Icelanders for consumption. This method of preserving fish has been unchanged since the settlement in Iceland and is still practiced for export in some rural areas.

Dried fish as a snack, is still appreciated and can be bought everywhere in Iceland. 

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