Sunday, July 30, 2006

Nordic Week at Seattle Daily Photo

Come back every day this week to see fun and interesting evidence of the deep, rich cultural ties many Seattle residents have with the Nordic countries of Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, and Sweden.

SDP salutes Daily City Photo family members: Copenhagen DENMARK, Kongsberg NORWAY, Oulu FINLAND, Stavenger NORWAY, Stockholm SWEDEN, Trondheim NORWAY, and Tungelsta SWEDEN. When you click on their photo links you may notice natural and geographic similarities that helped immigrants from these areas feel at home here in the Pacific Northwest.

This bust of Leif Erikson sits at the entrance of the Leif Erikson Lodge of the Sons of Norway hall in the Ballard neighborhood of Seattle. It is fashioned after a full statue (which you can see here) made for the 1962 Seattle World's Fair by August Werner. It now overlooks the Puget Sound at Shilshoal Marina. The Leif Erikson International Foundation is currently raising funds to remount the statue as part of the Port of Seattle's marina renovations at Shilshoal. In 1997, Seattle's Leif Erikson Society gave a replica of Werner's statue to Trondhiem, Norway, in honor of that city's 1000th anniversary. Trondheim Daily Photo shows that statue here.

10 comments:

~tanty~ said...

Thanks Kim for the photo and a very informative narration.

Persa said...

Interesting information. Looking forward to the photos during the week.

anne said...

He looks very fierce...

Kathrine said...

Hi Kim!
What a great idea to have a Nordic Week :-) - and a nice picture of a true viking.

/Kathrine

Neorelix said...

Excellent viking! Thanks for an interesting post.

edwin s said...

I think Tyra said it best, "FIERCE!"

Alexander said...

Nice shot. I added a link to this post from my post with the photo of the statue here in Trondheim.

Stefan Jansson said...

A nice looking bust. Leif's brother Thorvald went back for another look at Vinland, only to be killed by the locals!

piu said...

Nice idea! I added a link here too in my blog, (and I have a little surprise to waiting at the end the week related your theme ;-)

Light is just perfect in this photo to show the face and expression.

Ryan of OC Photos said...

I have been enjoying your photos and the info provided as well. Good work.