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Statue of cellist Erling Blöndal Bengtsson to be moved to Harpa

  • Harpa Concert Hall is the home of the National Symphony Orchestra. Photo/Vilhelm Gunnarsson

A statue of Danish cellist Erling Blöndal Bengtsson, by sculptor Ólöf Pálsdóttir, will be transported from its current location on the round-about near Háskólabíó cinema to Harpa Concert Hall. The move was a request from Erling’s widow. Erling passed away in June 2013.

The National Symphony Orchestra used to perform in Háskólabíó cinema for decades before Harpa was constructed.

“Our board received a request from Erling’s widow for his statue to be moved from Háskólabíó to Harpa, this is in correspondence to his final wish,” Halldór Guðmundsson, director of Harpa, wrote in a letter to the Cultural Committee of Reykjavík suggesting the statue be found a spot in front of the concert hall. 

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