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Horft Til Hafs (Facing The Sea)
Topic: Occupational Statues
N 64° 08.966 W 021° 56.300
A statue honoring fishermen is located in Reykjavik harbor.
The path that parallels the shore in Reykjavik is known as the shore and sculpture walk. As you walk along this path you will encounter several sculptures. At the east side of Reykjavik harbor there is the statue with the title, in Icelandic, "Horft Til Hafs" ("Facing the Sea"). It depicts two fishermen wearing cold water fishing gear (slickers, mittens, boots, and hats) looking northward to the sea. The fisherman on the left has his hand on his hat as if holding it down against the wind. The fisherman on the right is pointing out to sea with his right hand.
The statue was created by Ingi Th. Gíslason and unveiled in 1997. It is meant to remind the citizens of Reykjavik that it was fishermen who were responsible for the prosperity that transformed Reykjavik from a town into a city.