An exhibition of life size sculptures by Icelandic artist Steinunn Thórarinsdóttir placed around the campus, stimulating thought and reflection about the historic connection between Iceland and Hull.
Cairns are a common sight in the Icelandic landscape and were used as landmarks for people to find their way from one place to another. Also they were often placed on coastlines to guide ships to harbor.
The figures on campus portray frozen moments of contemplation and take on the form of human trail markers referencing themes of spirituality and physicality. Steinunn has been working on figurative sculpture from the beginning of her career almost 40 years ago. Her figures are androgynous symbols of humanity. Steinunn is well known in Hull for her iconic sculpture Voyage overlooking the Humber estuary at Victoria Pier.
The University of Hull and the artist are pleased to celebrate the common cultural history and partnership of Hull and Iceland with this exhibition.
This exhibition has been extended until the end of 2017
The University of Hull is delighted to announce the CAIRNS sculpture trail by Icelandic artist Steinunn Thorarinsdottir is extending its run until the end of the year.
The 10 lifelike sculptures have been a big hit with visitors, with more than 9,000 people following the trail since it was installed earlier in 2017. Many of those visiting have also shared their own images and videos on social media.
Due to end this month, the trail has been so warmly received that the decision has been made to keep it for a few extra months – allowing even more people to visit.
CAIRNS is part of the University’s programme for Hull UK City of Culture 2017, along with concerts in Middleton Hall, art exhibitions in the Brynmor Jones Library and drama in the Donald Roy Theatre.
The artist, Steinunn, said: “I am delighted that CAIRNS will be extended. It has been such a rewarding experience to see and hear from so many who are enjoying the trail every day. It is a special treat to see the interaction and fascination of children, the artists and students of the future.”
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Maps are also available from the Venn Reception, the Middleton Hall or the Brynmor Jones Library.
In case you are unfamiliar with the campus and wish to be guided, volunteers are on hand to take you around the trail. Please just ask any volunteer you see and they will direct you to the right place.
The trail is wheelchair friendly and easily accessible.