Fish Lamp

18 Jul

Tired of letting perfectly good fish skin go to waste? Apparently Icelandic artists Fanney Antonsdóttir and Dögg Guðmundsdóttir were, so they started making lights out of dried cod fish that they call Uggi Lights.

The lamp refers to the old Icelandic tradition of drying whole fish. The fish were hung up on special wood constructions where the winds would dry them. This architecture was very visible in the landscape in the coastal areas up to modern days. Dried fish or stockfish was an important export product in Iceland for centuries, as well as being highly appreciated by Icelanders both for consumption and for trading. This method of preserving fish has been unchanged since the settlement in Iceland and is still practised in some rural areas.

[via dudeiwantthat]

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