August 10, 2012 1:40 PM EST
Raunchy Olympics Tribute: Penises in Museum Inspired by the Icelandic Handball Team [PHOTOS]
At the 2012 London Olympics, the Icelandic men lost to Hungary 34-33 in the quarterfinals on Wednesday. Still, their 2008 silver victory at the Beijing Olympics has been immortalized in a peculiar art work meant to celebrate their triumph forever.
There are many ways one could pay tribute to a national sports team. One of them chose to go the phallic way and asked his sculpturist daughter to participate. So as a favor to her father, Thorgerdur Sigurdardottir sculpted pieces of art inspired by the Icelandic Handball Team.
Art work for Dad's museum: "The Icelandic National Handball Team"
Sigurdardottir is the daughter of Sigurdur Hjartarson, founder of the Icelandic Phallological Museum, which claims it is "the only museum in the world to contain a collection of phallic specimens belonging to all the various types of mammals found in a single country."
The Icelandic Phallological Museum is in Husavik on the north coast.
Sigurdardottir, 44, originally thought she would sculpt do "a bunch of men with dicks."
Speaking to Slate.com, Sigurdardottir said she later realised mere phalluses would be more appropriate for inclusion to her father's museum.
"I thought, 'OK, it's a phallus museum, so I'll just make, you know, phalluses,' " she said.
Asked if she had models for her art work, Sigurdardottir said she did not have models and just hand crafted the phalluses "from experience."
Sigurdardottir noted there have been museum visitors who could not avoid guessing which penis belongs to which player.
280 mammal phalluses plus a set inspired by the silver-winning handball team
The museum is now run by Hjortur Gisli Sigurdsson, the founder's son and Sigurdardottir's brother.
Sigurdsson, 48, described the museum as "provocative." He mused, "It gets people thinking about, 'Why is this thing so taboo in everyday life?'"
Aside from the penis sculptures inspired by the handball players, the phallogical museum holds 280 mammal phalluses. Visitors would find penis of all sizes, from a tiny mouse bone to a huge whale penis.
The museum also holds the penis of a 95-year-old Icelandic man named Pall Arason, who donated to the museum his posthumous penis.
Penis museum comments by guests, handball player
Those visiting the museum generally like what they see. Here are some samples of visitors' comments in the museum's guest book:
"I've never seen so many penises-and I went to boarding school!" - New Zealand tourist
"They're bigger in the USA." - Wisconsin tourist
"Is there a vagina museum?" - Curious visitor
Gudjon Valur Sigurdsson, one of the players, had been asked about the museum. This is what he had to say: "I was on the team in 2008, and my sculpture wasn't taken from me."