Accessible art for the rest of us
There is plenty of cool art in Copenhagen. However, I’m not much for studying individual paintings in depth in a quiet museum. Therefore, I prefer interesting art and statues that are out in the city. So here are some of my mixed finds. And all can of course be viewed free of charge. More to come shortly.
Banksy in Copenhagen
Ever heard of Banksy? Well, Banksy is the Bristol-born and still anonymous graffiti artist and painter known for challenging the boundaries of the art world and whose work has caused stir and headlines for years.
My first stop for a Banksy is Gammel Kongevej and a rat with a parachute. At this location someone has been kind enough to mount a glass in front of the work as protection. The Banksy at H. C. Ørsteds Vej is sad to say gone now.
Gammel Kongevej 87
Reliefs by the street Lygten
Only in Copenhagen can you find angels who smoke. Therefore a child who both smokes and drinks does not surprise me that much. This relief is placed just above the entrance to a residential building.
The wall painting next to Forum
Here is a simple and striking wall painting with lots of color next to Forum exhibition hall.
Julius Thomsens Plats 1
The raven at Klareboderne
Around the corner from the popular pedestrian street Købmagergade you will see a large black raven. so the first thing you might wonder is what it’s doing there. Because, this cool raven was erected back in 1945 and is the work of the artist Henrik Starcke (1899-1973).
This peace-like mural did not turn out as peaceful as everyone had hoped.
A youth center was demolished and this work of art was created instead. Since then, the lower reachable part of the work has changed shape several times.
Agnete and the mermen statue
Not so easy to spot on a sunny day but just beneath the surface a family is waiting for Agnete to return to the sea. In fact, Agnete og Havmanden is an old Danish folk song.
The mural at Tullinsgade
Looking for a really massive mural? Then have a look at this one made by Conor Harrington back in 2015. In fact, the colors are still very striking and and the motif vivid. This is an Art-in-hagen favourite!
ROA and the rats
Another great mural from 2015. ROA is a graffiti and street artist from Ghent, Belgium. He has created works on the streets all over the world. ROA generally paints wild or urban animals native to the area being painted.
An abandoned candy factory turned into a wild, creative inferno. And what distinguishes this place is that most of the wall surfaces are decorated with some really good graffiti.
How long the area will have to look like this is probably uncertain. Demolition work appears to be already underway.
The balloons at the Metro station
They are not that easy to spot if you don’t know about them. But high up on the inner ceiling hang a number of colorful balloons.
The artwork was completed in 2020 and was created by Jeppe Hein.
Kongens Nytorv metrostation
Dante in dialogue with th 21st century
This, to say the least, startling work is a tribute to the poet Dante Alighieri and a protest against the plans to build a parking garage on the site.
Asger Jorn’s day job in Nyhavn
This is a bit of fun. The famous Danish artist Asger Jorn visited the restaurant here and had a few beers. But when it was time to pay, it became more difficult. As you know, some artists lack funds. But this time he took the brush and painted the snake behind the neon sign!
Balance of Time
A large, strange metal ball at the top of the roof, which also moves? Yes, that’s right. Artist Jeppe Hein created this ball, which has a diameter of 7,87 feet.
The artwork is about how to find balance in time and in our lives.
HuskMitNavn is a well-known Danish artist born in 1975 who lives and works in Copenhagen.