Erik Nitsche: Klaksvik Church in the Faroe Islands
The austere beauty of the Faroe Islands is reflected in its native architectue and structures. Although most of the eighteen rugged islands are populated, few have more than a handful of residents. Moreover, because of tis geographic position -- nestled in the North Atlantic between Iceland and Norway -- the Faroes are subject to some of the heaviest weather in Europe. Therefore, their architecture reflects the necessity for durable, well-constructed buildings. This is especially true on the northen most islands such as Bordoy. Here, in the city of Klaksvik, the impressive Christian Chruch stands, seemingly immune to the hazardous weather. The Church is constructed of native stone, while its glass and wood were imported from Nordic neighbors. Its simple design harmonizes perfeclty with its function and reflects the stark surroundings. However, the Church's gabled sides add a touch of elegance and soften the structure's appearance.
This painting was originally published on the Fleetwood® First Day Cover for the Faroe Islands Europa 1987 Modern Art - Architecture stamp issued April 6, 1987.
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