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Painting the Town Red with Katrin Jakobsdottir

In some countries, “Get Angry” would not mean to become the prime minister when no one else could find a compromise to unite opposites.

But it does in Iceland. Here’s how it began four years ago.

It’s also a country in which a church fire extinguisher…

… a church door …

… and church bells …

… are all housed in red.

But then, not all countries are enlightened. You have to put your heart into it.

View from the Stykkisholmur Library of Water,
Where Women and Girls are Given Space to Play Chess

Playing Chess with Water in Stykkishólmur

In Breiðafjörður, the wide fjord of West Iceland, people know a lot about water.p1360548

They live with it.

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One can presume water knows a lot about people, too.

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In Stykkishólmur, halfway to the far west, where land ends, people know about harbour, where land and water and people mix and voyages begin.

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On the hill above the harbour there is an old library.

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From it, you can read people reading the water and read the water writing the world.

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You can also play chess.

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This is the Library of Water.

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Water from Iceland’s glaciers is here to be read.

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To reveal itself.

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Shelved with the shelves of the world.

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Among houses for water.

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And houses for people.

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Water reveals itself here.

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People come to be written by it.

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And to see their world with new eyes.

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They come to see with the eyes of water.

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And to play a little chess.

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Your move.