Corten, mild, and stainless steel,
20.5″h x 20.5″w x 3″d

“Skjöldr” is the Old Norse word for shield and this piece is an abstract representation of that ancient item. My vision was to deconstruct this symbol of protection and recreate it in an industrial manner, with the intention to symbolize something that is built to last but also with a constructed nature that lends itself to ornamentation.

While Viking shields were typically much larger than this piece, they were just as important a part of a warrior’s arsenal as was a battle axe or a sword. The shields of each warrior were very personal and might represent clan, self, or symbolism (religious or otherwise) that was very personal to the individual.
This piece may be seen at The Haen Gallery in Brevard, North Carolina.