Ragnar Kjartansson´s Globe of Goodwill
THINK PIECE by Ragnar Kjartansson is the Globe of Goodwill for 2013. In the year 2003, The Benefit Society for Children with Disabilities commenced the release of the Globe of Goodwill. It has developed into a unique collection of artwork created by many distinguished artists, Gabríela Friðriksdóttir, Erró, Yoko Ono, Katrín Sigurðardóttir, Hrafnhildur Arnardóttir aka Shoplifter and Ólafur Elíasson to name a few.
The name of the Globe is symbolic of what it represents, but all proceeds are donated to Reykjadalur, a summercamp for children and youngsters with disabilities.
The Globe of Goodwill for 2013
It was Christmas night, 1998, and I was sitting in the living room with my father. Everyone else had gone to bed, the candles were burning out, and rain was falling on the Christmas snow outside. My father usually gets a bit drunk at Christmas and feels it’s important to use the festive occasion to instruct his son in the principles of life. This Christmas he was in a particularly good mood. We were smoking cigars and he had a glass of cognac in his hand. Suddenly, his breath heavy, he said: “Ragnar, I need to tell you something, and it is the most important thing that I will ever tell you.” He closed his eyes and there was a long silence. Then he said: “It is beautiful but sad to be a human being.” It had a profound effect on me. Now this truthful contradiction decorates the Globe of Goodwill.
The Globe of Goodwill is sold annually between December 5 – 19 and can be bought here.