Uggi Lights were first exhibited as an installation of 14 fish lamps, sand and feathers in ‘’ Live Space’’ at 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 Icelandic heritage and cultural identity.
The Icelandic word uggi means fish fin and the work refers to the old Icelandic tradition of drying whole fish. The fish were hung up on special wood constructions where the wind would dry them. This method of preserving fish has remained unchanged since the settlement in Iceland and is still practiced in some rural areas. Dried fish or stock fish was an important export product in Iceland for centuries as well as being highly appreciated by Icelanders for consumption. Dried fish, as a snack, is still appreciated today and can be bought everywhere in Iceland.
Uggi Lights were designed in collaboration with Fanney E. Antosdóttir. They have since 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.
Cod fish skin.
Lengths range from 80 - 100 cm
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