Danish artist and activist Thomas Dambo transforms trash into treasure, creating public sculptures that beautify their surroundings. His Nordic Swan was fashioned from 300 recycled mayonnaise containers fitted over a wooden armature and embodies Denmark's symbol for recycling as well as the fairytale Ugly Duckling.
Renowned Finnish architect and designer Alvar Aalto (1898–1976) is recognized as one of the great masters of modern architecture. When the pandemic drove the New York–based Finnish photographer Janne Tuunanen back to Jyväskylä, he discovered a newfound appreciation for Aalto’s early projects in their shared Finnish hometown.
The National Nordic Museum will present an immersive artwork created by Jónsi (Jón Þór Birgisson), lead singer of the world-famous Icelandic post-rock band Sigur Rós. Created specifically for the Museum, the artwork will be the focus of Jónsi’s first museum exhibition in the United States.