Open Call for driftwood objects: „Rekaviður – A Call to Action”

Deadline: August 1st 2021

„Rekaviður – A Call to Action” is an educational research project on climate change through the eyes of the journey of driftwood, as well as a call to action for greater awareness of climate change and how we can prevent further damage. 

Our project aims to tell the alarming story of our climate crisis through driftwood’s archive of „living data“. Driftwood is not only an inherent part of Iceland’s history and culture but also particularly suitable to explain climate change data, as it contains detailed climate records as well as information on changing oceanic currents, sea ice and sea levels.

Rekaviður will culminate in the presentation of an exhibition at Nes Artist Residency in Skagaströnd in the fall of 2021 and creating a website, which will offer insights into Iceland’s relation with driftwood, show facts and figures on climate change that are contained by driftwood and explain the importance of afforestation for a climate neutral country. The exhibition is designed as a touring exhibition.

Groups and initiatives will be encouraged to design their own driftwood objects under a Creative Commons license and sell them to locals and tourists. Profits from Rekaviður sales are expected to be used for afforestation projects, helping Iceland to become climate neutral.

What we’re looking for:
Easy-to-make, creative and inspiring objects made of driftwood that are eligible to be recreated by everyone under a Creative Commons license

Submissions should include:
Photographs documenting your driftwood object(s)
Easy to follow step-by-step instruction(s) on how to recreate your driftwood object(s)
Care tips if applicable (e.g. for objects that can be used for food preparation/consumption)

Please note that driftwood is the property of the land owner, so before gathering driftwood, please ask for permission!

Please send your applications to by August 1st 2021. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us, we’re looking forward to seeing your submissions!

If selected, your driftwood object(s) will become an integral part of the Rekaviður project. Your objects will be shown at the exhibition and your step-by-step instructions will be available for download on the project’s website and inspire groups and initiatives throughout Iceland to engage in the creation of driftwood objects and in funding afforestation projects. You can make a difference!  

Project background:

„Rekaviður – A Call to Action” was developed by Berlin based media collective Lichtung, received funding by Rannís and is realized in partnership with Nes Artist Residency Skagaströnd and the University Centre of the Westfjords. Read more: