Looking out the window of my art studio each day, I watch fishermen anchor their boats at the pier while seagulls glide through the air and perch on the neighboring boat houses. Gazing to the left of my office, I can see a statue, called “Vind” (Wind) which was erected in September of this year.
I attended the unveiling ceremony with my 2.5 year old daughter and my mother-in-law. The event was held during the Nordkapp Film Festival (which I”ll write more about in a later post). The ceremony was kicked off with a parade.
And since it was a windy, chilly day, we went indoors to hear the speeches from the mayor and the sculptors, as well as some songs that were performed in honor of the special day.
Odin Øistad and Lene Jerner are a couple that also happen to both be sculptors. They created “Vind” together, and it is the first of three statues, and thirty reliefs, that will be erected in Honningsvåg, along the street called “Sjøgata” (The same street as my studio, am I lucky or what?)
“Vind” represents the future and is carved out of a large granite rock that was taken from an area near the town of Gjesvær, on Magerøya. One of the local women who grew up in Honningsvåg after the Second World War was chosen to help unveil the statue, as well as three teenage girls.
These four women brought a special element to the entire ceremony. First, a lady who’s generation helped build the future of Honningsvåg. Secondly, three teenagers who face the future while having also unfortunately experienced tragedy at young ages. Our local community has lost three youth in less than a year, and the news of the latest death was on everyone’s minds, as it happened just two days prior to the statue’s unveiling.
And as we watched these four women remove the cloak from the statue, I couldn’t help thinking of the futures that were brutally taken away from 69 teenagers on July 22, 2011, in the Utøya Massacre. Personally, I think in the face of an uncertain future, the “wind” we need to carry us forward is hope. A hope that we can make a difference. A hope in the goodness of other people. A hope that we can create a future for our children and our children’s children.
“Vind” (Wind), which represents the future, is made in the fashion of figureheads which were placed on the prow of sailing ships during the 16h and 19th centuries. These figureheads were often considered good luck, and that they guarded ship from storms, dangerous winds, rocks and sickness.
On a lighter note, the statue is a bit phallic in nature and has been given some choice nicknames by the locals. I’ll let you guess. I’m not sure that’s what the artists intended, but it makes sense. Man + Woman = Children and in the famous words of the infamous Whitney Houston, “I believe the children our our future.”