Inspired by the untamed beauty of Iceland, Kristjana’s spectacular homeland, this stunning, contemplative 3D map zooms out to reveal the entire world, exploring the balance between all of humankind and the environment that it inhabits. In this piece, Kristjana has identified the ‘Blue Zones’ of the world, places where life expectancy is highest and serenity, life and habitat are at their most successful.
Altostratus and cumulus clouds dance with purpose above the roof of the world, morphing as they move, in imitation of the ever-changing Icelandic skyscape. Slanting light sweeps over the piece, a reflection of the ways that those within the ‘Blue Zones’ think and behave; calmly, without excess but with great daily purpose. Community, family and nature take precedence in a society where earth’s resources are moderately used, leaving nature as intact as possible.
The paler colours of the piece invoke the boundless spectrum of light in Iceland; streaming from glacial ice and snow, bouncing up to meet the endless summer nights and infusing the landscape of the clear Northern island. Monochrome lilies, bellflowers, butterflies and insects echo Icelandic starkness and the clarity of the light. Neon colours wrap themselves around this light and spring into life as a border of verdant foliage; electric blue palm fronds, cerise pink mistletoe branches, yellow-hearted frangipane flowers, citrus beech leaves and fire-tipped oak leaves. Species from all corners of the planet are on parade. They make you sit up and notice all that surrounds you, and when faced with breathtaking nature on this scale, you cannot help but feel the desperate need to preserve it. Those from the Blue Zones set the example, urging you to start with changes on a small, personal level.
The delicate 3D elements hover over the map of the earth, echoing the fragility of the world. No longer does it feel infinite or indestructible. Yet beacons of change and rebirth are apparent, symbolised by Kristjana’s fantastical and heroic animals. From the West, a lioness has grown a majestic pair of horns, and her transparency hints at evolutionary prowess. From the East, a grandiose Peacock is super-sized with a look of razor-sharp intelligence.
Kristjana includes them to show that we should be enablers of a promising future. We should focus on a simpler life, putting our families first, taking care of our communities and passing our values and knowledge down through the generations. A way of living that strives for a Utopian life for all.