Olafur Eliasson celebrates pedestrians and sailboats with Cirkelbroen
Danish Icelandic artist Olafur Eliasson surprised the city of Copenhagen with a beautiful and functional landmark. for the commission of local charity Nordea Fond, he built Cirkelbroen, a circular pedestrian bridge connecting the Christiansbro neighbourhood and Appleby’s Square. The 40m-long bridge is a chain of irregularly-sized circular platforms over a canal. The overall look of the construct takes reference to the maritime past (and present) of the Danish capital, with tall masts rising from the centre of each circle.
These poles are supported by over 110 tensioned wires fixed to the base of the bridge, creating the impression of a huge sailing-boat. The boat-reference is further emphasized by the crisscross red wire railings and the wooden deck flooring. With the extensive use of wires, and red-white colour scheme, Eliasson managed to create a construct that is airy and light so that it would not intrude in the cityscape too much.
While functioning as a kind of monument for the sailing history of the country, the bridge is first and foremost a functional addition to the city’s texture. As estimated by future predictions, it serves as a pathway for around 5000 pedestrians, bikers, and joggers a day. Cirkelbroen’s irregular layout allows passers-by to slacken their pace a bit and look at the city from a new, unexpected perspective. As such, the new bridge would fulfill Eliasson’s intention of celebrating pedestrians.
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