Water, Selected is a print of a detailed, physical map of Iceland. Imposed onto its contoured and annotated landscape are twenty-four orange-coloured labels marking Iceland’s glacial sources of water.
P79355 is related to a larger project of Roni Horn’s: Vatnasafn/Library of Water, a permanent installation in the small town of Sykkishólmur in Iceland. The project was commissioned by Artangel, and was the first international project of this London-based organisation. It opened in May 2007.
For Vatnasafn/Library of Water, Horn transformed a former library on a hill-top above Sykkishólmur (‘the most beautifully situated library in the world,’ according to the artist) into an ‘archive of water’. James Lingwood, co-director of Artangel, has explained: ‘At the heart of the initial proposal and the realised project was Roni’s idea to renew the building as a place both for quiet observation and reflection for community gatherings of different kinds…