The recycled house

August 30, 2020

The Recycled house, Reykjavík (Address: Laugarnestangi 65)

You could be forgiven for mistaking this house for a junkyard but this headache for Reykjavík City Council is actually the home of film director Hrafn Gunnlaugsson. The collection of recycled and repurposed objects is a living display of his love for and connection with objects, his travels, ideas, experiments, art, family and props from his films. It looked pretty deserted when I visited, but there are accounts of a gypsy living there practising witchcraft and the signs around the house say it is the home of Hrafn Gunnlaugsson.

His film ´When the Raven Flies´ (Original: Hrafninn flýgur) is a 1984 Icelandic - Swedish adventure film. It is set in the Viking Age in Iceland. Inspired from the Sagas of Icelanders it aims to deconstruct Viking stereotypes and replace them with more authentic portrayals of the Viking era. I´m not sure that this helps much in decoding or interpreting the meaning behind what you´ll see here. You´re perhaps best off just meandering round and enjoying / marvelling in what you see. 

There is a picnic bench that overlooks the blustery waters of the North Atlantic. If you are interested in geology there are some pretty impressive basalt rock hexagon formations in the descent down to the sea. It's FREE and definitely worth a visit.

 
The recycled house
 
The recycled house
 
The recycled house
 
The recycled house
 
The recycled house
 
The recycled house
 
The recycled house
 
The recycled house
 
The recycled house
 
The recycled house
 
The recycled house
 
The recycled house
 

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