Who Knew the Greek God of Wind Resides in Honningsvåg?

In downtown Honningsvåg, between the lone round-a-bout and the Coastal Express (Hurtigruten) pier, you’ll find a large, abstract sculpture that resembles an anchor.  At least that’s what came to mind the first time I saw it.

Boreas (Norden Vinden, Northern Wind), Honningsvåg, Norway

It was created by the Norwegian sculptor, Erling Saadtvedt (1923-2000) and erected in 1971 with the help of funding from the North Cape Municipality and the Norwegian Cultural Fund.

Erling Saatvedt, Boreas (Northern Wind)

Most of Saatvedt’s sculptures were related to sports, but one of his most abstract works is “Boreas”.  The National Museum of Modern Art in Oslo owns seven of his sculptures.

According to Greek mythology, Boreas is the god of winter and the northern wind.  He is one of four Greek wind gods and is often depicted as a strong, older man with wings.  Here is Saatvedt’s interpretation:

So, if you want to see Boreas, he resides just a hop, skip and a jump from The Round-A-Bout.  And if he’s flapping his gigantic wings, you might want to hold on to your hats.

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