Granite egg on lava rock
Sigurđur Guđmundsson (b. 1942) born Reykjavik, Iceland, lives and works The Netherlands, Iceland, Sweden and China.
The design of this granite egg sculpture is an enlarged version of a real pink-footed goose egg. The egg can be seen as symbolic of the friendship between the Icelandic and Scottish Parliaments, as the pink-footed goose spends winter in Scotland and summer in Iceland. Carved into the egg is the phrase 'Með lögum skal land byggja’, which translates as 'With laws the land shall be built', a phrase that was used in Icelandic saga. The egg is placed on a base of lava rock from Thingvellir, a former site of the Icelandic Parliament.
The sculpture was gifted by the Icelandic Parliament in 2004.
Gudmundsson studied at the Icelandic College of Arts and Crafts from 1960 until 1963 and then at the Academic ’63 and Ateliers ’63 in Haarlem. He has exhibited throughout Europe, including in Finland, China, Iceland, Sweden, the Netherlands, Germany and Britain.