Roni Horn

HIGH UP on a slight promontory at Stykkishólmur, a small town of about a thousand inhabitants on the far west coast of Iceland, sits a modest building that used to be the local library. It has one striking feature: a huge bay of glass offering a 180-degree prospect on the town’s harbor, the lighthouse, and then the infinite seascape and the archipelago of islands (visible or not, depending on the weather) beyond. It is here that Roni Horn has made Vatnasafn/Library of Water, 2007, which has been commissioned by Artangel, and is the London-based nonprofit’s first project outside the UK. Instead of books, there are now twenty-four glass pillars, filled with the melted ice of twenty-four glaciers from all over Iceland, scattered across an otherwise empty room. The installation is very spare. Each column is subtly lit from above and appears to emanate light from within. An ocher rubber floor

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