The Partnership Sculpture in Reykjavík

  • The sculpture was given to Iceland in 1991 to celebrate, at that time, the 50 years of good diplomatic relationship between Iceland and the USA.
Feb 3 2017

The walking path along the Reykjavík coastline by Sæbraut Street has in recent years become a popular walking route in our city. It is a convenient two-kilometer walk from downtown Reykjavík past the conference hall Harpa, Sólfar the Sun Voyager sculpture, the Partnership sculpture and eventually leading you to Höfði House. A good idea if you visit Reykjavík and are looking for things to do. Just before reaching the Höfði house there is a beautiful sculpture given to Reykjavík and Iceland by the former U.S Ambassador to Iceland, Charles E. Cobb Jr., and his wife, Sue Cobb.  The sculpture is by the Icelandic artist Pétur Bjarnason.

A gift to commemorate fifty years of diplomatic relationship between the USA and Iceland

The sculpture was given to Iceland in 1991 to celebrate, at that time, the 50 years of good diplomatic relationship between Iceland and the USA.  The two countries have always had a good relationship, and the links between them are quite versatile.  Iceland was home to thousands of Americans as the Navy had a military base in Keflavík for decades after the war.  Thousands of Icelanders have also lived in the US, sought education and work there for many decades.  Many families in Iceland have family connections with the people in the States. In addition to the good diplomatic links, the sculpture is also a symbol of the good cultural, social and commercial connections. 

Ambassador during the George H. W. Bush administration

Charles E. Cobb Jr. was the US ambassador during the administration of George Bush senior in 1989 to 1993.  Later George Bush visited Iceland when he came here in 2006 for salmon fishing in the river Selá. The position selected for this beautiful sculpture is quite appropriate as it stands only a few hundred meters from the Höfði House where Ronald Reagan and Mikhail Gorbachev had their meeting, a meeting that allegedly ended the cold war. 

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