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The East Wind (Østenvinden)




H 47.5 cm W 73 cm D 13 cm


£ 14700


'The East Wind (Østenvinden)' from the Glasskibe Collection is a unique glass and oak sculpture by the Danish and British artists, Backhaus & Brown and Egeværk.

The title explained by the artists;

“Vikings had respect for the forces of the weather. In the manuscript 'The King's Mirror' ('Konnungs Skjuggsjá) from around 1230, one can read that one must not sail ocean voyages late in the autumn: 'At that time, the east wind begins to become unhappy, because he feels set aside from the job and his main ornament, the gold crown, is taken from him. Then he puts a cloud-covered hat on his head and breathes heavily in great anger'."

The Danish town of Hundested is steeped in maritime history and richly from the Viking Age. It is the majestic imagery of the Viking ships passing that has inspired two of the harbour’s contemporary craft companies; cabinetmakers Egeværk and glass artists Backhaus & Brown. These two award-winning workshops have combined their masterful crafts in an innovative collaboration; namely a series of sculptures named "Glasskibe" – Viking ships in handblown glass and carved oak.

The artists can also create pieces to commission, please contact the gallery for further information.

Backhaus & Brown and Egeværk

The East Wind (Østenvinden)