Olafur Eliasson’s new Danish landmark

Nick Myall
Monday 11 Apr 2016

The Cirkelbroen bridge in Copenhagen adds to an already lively and attractive waterfront

Cirkelbroen (The circle bridge) has been designed by world-renowned Danish-Icelandic artist Olafur Eliasson alongside Sebastian Behmann (architectural design) and Robert Banovi? (project architect) from Studio Olafur Eliasson.

Olafur Eliasson looks forward to it becoming part of everyday life for the people of Copenhagen: “Cirkelbroen creates new spaces along the waterfront. It brings people closer to the water and encourages them to slow down a little and take a break. I hope it will become a meeting place, a ‘see-you-at-the-bridge’ kind of place.

“In my art practice, I often use transient materials such as wind, fog and flowing water. It has been wonderful to have the opportunity to make a structure like Cirkelbroen, which both embodies this transience – the changing of the weather and the waterfront atmosphere – and, as a bridge, has a long, stable life ahead of it. I am filled with immense pride to know that Cirkelbroen will now be part of Copenhagen.”

Cirkelbroen will make it easier for the people of Copenhagen to cycle, walk or run along the Copenhagen waterfront and through the city. But it will provide much more than that. It will serve as a new meeting place and vantage point along the waterfront for reflection, to experience new views and perspectives. It invites one to take a break from an otherwise busy day.

Speaking at the opening ceremony in August Frank Jensen, the Lord Mayor of Copenhagen said he was very pleased with Cirkelbroen:

“The Cirkelbroen bridge enhances an already lively, and attractive waterfront atmosphere for the people of Copenhagen. This was emphasised today by the presence of such a large number of people at the official opening. The bridge binds our city more tightly together and is a landmark for the entire area of which we can be proud.”

Mogens Hugo, chairman of the board for Nordea-fonden, is also very pleased that Copenhagen residents have so warmly welcomed the Cirkelbroen bridge:

“We are very pleased by the many people who chose to spend their Saturday with us. Naturally, the most important thing is how the people of Copenhagen will use the bridge in their daily lives. But their positive reception of Cirkelbroen today indicates that the bridge has a bright future ahead.”

Cirkelbroen was designed by artist Olafur Eliasson and is a gift from Nordeafonden to the City of Copenhagen. Nordea-fonden is a non-profit and charitable foundation supporting activities that promote good living in Denmark.

Nick Myall
News Editor

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