Monument to the Unknown Bureaucrat


Several countries have monuments to the Unknown Soldier, but perhaps only Iceland has a sculpture honoring — and lightly satirizing — the thankless, anonymous job of the bureaucrat. The 1994 sculpture by Magnús Tómasson depicts a man in a suit holding a briefcase, with his head and shoulders subsumed in a slab of unsculpted stone.

Address: Lækjargata 6, Reykjavik, Iceland

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  • Reply October 19, 2012

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