Copenhagen is torn up, guts hanging everywhere. If this was a person in an emergency room there would be triage, no way would you attempt to fix everything at once. But in Copenhagen we do. Let me just give you a few examples: the metro city ring/all over Copenhagen inside and out, diverting traffic, evicting graveyards, you name it. The heating company doing extensive maintenance on scattered locations all over Copenhagen. The pedestrian street is a mess because they are making a new pavement, the upcoming vegetable market, a massive project. And simultaneously while uprooting Town Hall Square for the metro, they are completely renovating the big ugly Industriens Hus (The House of Industry) right next to it. It's messy, it's noisy, and traffic is diverted into knots that never seems to untangle.
Town Hall Square (I beg you?) City Hall hiding outside the picture on the left.
Usually I don't go to Town Hall Square if I can avoid it, basically I consider it the a**hole of Copenhagen. I will try not to point out the irony of how this is also home to City Hall... But yesterday I got a hot tip that the construction site street artist Bert is attempting to ease our suffering with some of his wooden wonders (remember the nipples?). It is a work in progress, interrupted by overzealous uniforms. I have to wonder if these guys are robots? How can they not tell that this is a good thing?
A good thing. Can you even believe that this needs to be pointed out?
There should be a focus on ways to make construction sites bearable. Make a contest for the best decoration, donate a couple of murals for the people of Copenhagen (after all it's public space), something. In the pedestrian area they have at least made attempts to pretty it up. Nothing amazing, wild or even mildly interesting, but at least they try. The same cannot be said about the rest of the city. Shame on City Hall for leaving Copenhagen bare like that, with her skirt up. And let Bert do his job, dammit!
Bert in progress, say hello to Industriens Hus..
...I'm out of words.
Bert, you magnificent woodman, don't ever stop!
A link fest:
Bert's own blog here
More Bert on Classic Copenhagen here
And a whole set of Bert on flickr here