Hello Folks,….. Testimonial Cirkelbroen Pedestrian Bridge Design By artist olafur eliasson, the much anticipated ‘Cirkelbroen Pedestrian Bridge’ has opened to the public in Copenhagen. the unveiling of the project, which spans the city’s christianshavn canal, was attended by over 7,000 members of the public.
Cirkelbroen celebrates pedestrians bridge. It reflects the daily life and intimacy that you find around the canal in the Christianshavn neighborhood, its houseboats and sailing boats, the unique life on the ramparts.
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Cirkelbroen Pedestrian Bridge Design
Copenhagen’s harbor was once a center of maritime activity, and Cirkelbroen is a testimony to that history. While working on the bridge, I remembered the fishing boats I saw as a child in Iceland. In the harbor, the boats were often moored right next to each other, and it sometimes seemed that you could even cross the harbor just by walking from boat to boat.
Cirkelbroen Pedestrian Bridge Project Fact File:
- Author: Studio Olafur Eliasson
- Location: Christianshavns Kanal, København K, Denmark
- Project Year: 2015
- Photographs: Anders Sune Berg
Cirkelbroen Pedestrian Bridge Project Construction Video
Cirkelbroen Pedestrian Bridge Design Concept:
The pedestrian bridge is made of five circular platforms, and it contributes to a larger circle, that will form a pedestrian route around Copenhagen Harbour, where people : cycling, running, walking, can see the city from a very different perspective.
As many as 5,000 people will cross this bridge each day. I hope that these people will use Cirkelbroen Pedestrian Bridge as a meeting place, and that the zigzag design of the bridge will make them reduce their speed and take a break.
To hesitate on our way is to engage in bodily thought. I see such introspection as an essential part of a vibrant city. In Copenhagen, progress has been made in thinking about what constitutes quality in urban space and about the atmosphere of a space.
Obviously, one cannot plan atmosphere, as it is co-produced by the people who use the space, but it is possible to nurture an atmosphere, to allow it to grow.
As an artist, I work with abstract and emotional qualities, so this is where, I believe, art can play a role. I’m convinced that politicians, urban planners, and developers need to expand their toolbox by bringing in what I would call creative reality producers – artists, social scientists, sociologists, anthropologists, historians, dancers, poets, environmental activists, and philosophers – to rethink urban spaces.
Cirkelbroen Pedestrian Bridge Pictures:
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In Denmark, there is a strong tradition of focusing on inclusion, on accepting the other, welcoming ideas that we have not yet had, people we have not yet met, and unpredictable encounters.
It’s something we all have to work on together, and one way of addressing this is in how we plan public space. Cirkelbroen pedestrian bridge, I hope, will contribute to improving the quality of life and the development of a hospitable and inclusive city.