Glass birds, 2008. Painted glass, view of installation at Anker Fjord Hospice.

Inspired by the Faroe Islands: Tróndur Patursson

The birds were soon to migrate across the Atlantic, from the village of Kirkjubø on Streymoy Island to North America—their destination, the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC. Created by Faroese sculptor Tróndur Patursson, these birds are made of glass. One hundred of them make up the flock, many with a wingspan over six feet, and they will fly in the Kennedy Center lobby as the focal point of “Nordic Cool 2013,” an arts festival on view from February 19 through March 17, 2013. In late October, more than 60 birds were already filling Patursson’s studio, a humble building adjoining his house, which has the traditional grass roof of Faroe buildings and a stunning view looking over the water to other islands, with cliffs, waterfalls, and grazing sheep. Patursson’s people have lived on and farmed this land for all of its recorded history. …see the entire article in the print version of January/February’s Sculpture magazine.