The Gokstad ship, a Viking ship found in a burial mound at Gokstad farm in Sandar, Sandefjord, Vestfold, Norway. The 9th C. ship was intended for warfare, trade, transportation of people and cargo. At 76.2 ft long and 17.1 ft wide, built to carry 32 oarsmen, it is the largest of the remarkable three preserved at the Viking Ship Museum, Bygdøy, Oslo, Norway.
* The kiss of death ~ This astonishing sculpture forms part of Barcelona’s Poblenou Cemetery. The Kiss of Death (El Petó de la Mort in Catalan and El beso de la muerte in Spanish) dates back to 1930. A winged skeleton bestows a kiss on the lips of a handsome young man: is it ecstasy on his face or resignation? Little wonder the sculpture elicits strong and varying responses from whoever gazes upon it.