21 March 2011

The Weather Girls

These girls make me swallow my words about Town Hall Square. I can't think of a cooler or more appropriate way to tell the weather than this. The only reason I completely missed them up until today is because I always chase through that spot like I am on fire. From now on I am going to slow down and rest my eyes on The Weather Girls. The rotating girls were made in 1936 by sculptor Einar Utzon-Frank, and the concept is so simple: in sunny weather the golden girl on the bicycle is out, and in rainy and cloudy weather the golden girl with the umbrella is walking her dog. In mixed weather you get a peek of both. How fantastic is that? Well played Town Hall Square.

The Weather Girls

The Copenhagen Weather Girls

If you look at the picture with the big construction site and the men in orange in this post (the one with all the Bert's), you can spot the girls in the corner building across from the other construction site "Industriens Hus". I had them in my sight, I went to school just around the corner and still it was not until today that I finally saw them. I can't get over that.

14 comments:

  1. I thought that was one of the neatest things when we were in CPH!

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  2. Ah, you see? In some ways I think outsiders see more of the city than those who grew up and/or live there. It is funny to think about how I have been walking past it for years, and you saw it way before I did. :D

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  3. Nej, hvor fint, dem kendte jeg heller ikke.

    Også Rådhuset har mange sjove detaljer. Læg fx mærke til nedløbsrørene, der bliver holdt fast af små, irrede tårne/huse.

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  4. Hi! Mikael Colville from Copenhagenize has these great photos of the girls from an unusual angle ;)

    In this other post, he stated that the girls were no longer active. It is an old post, though. Have they been repaired? That would be great!

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  5. Hej amarOrama, hele Rådhuspladsen har altid været sådan en øjebæ for mig, så jeg har ikke nærstuderet særlig mange detaljer. Men efter at jeg har set de gamle postkort fra pladsen med vildt mange cykler, og en kørebane midt igennem (billedet fra sidste post er faktisk fra Rådhuspladsen), så har jeg fået lidt mere lyst til at give den en chance.

    Må straks kigge efter de små nedløbshuse, tak for tip.

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  6. Hi X, both the girls were matching the weather yesterday, so they looked fine, but since it is the first time I see them I can't really tell for sure.

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  7. Læg mærke til siden af Rådhusets trappe, der er ridset et Mølle og Dam spil ind, så de fattige børn kunne spille imens forældrene var inde at hente fattighjælp.

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  8. It's true that we don't see the same things as a native and as an outsider - either visiting or expat). These weather girls are neat indeed. will be one of them soon...
    (BTW the angry driver was a woman;))

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  9. Hi Carole, I don't know why, but the fact that this nasty person was a woman makes it so much worse. Eew, haha.

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  10. Uden Relevans, hvor er det fantastisk! Jeg kan høre på det hele at jeg må give den gamle Rådhusplads en chance til, og prøve at se den med friske øjne. Mange tak for tippet :-)

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  11. I had never noticed the golden girls before - very beautiful and a charming feature of the building!
    I have a passion for old architecture like that, it's like money wasn't the most important thing when building, back in the days! Today costs have to stay low, and we end up with soul-less concrete and glass buildings like Ørestaden. (With apartments so expensive that they just stand vacant for years).

    Will look out for the weather girls :)
    enjoy the weekend!

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  12. Hi Drumstick, I am happy that I am still able to surprise some natives. And not surprisingly I am with you on the soulless overpriced glass and concrete monstrosities in places like Ørestaden. It is quite obviously all about architects gunning for awards and fame, and not about people.

    There are so many empty apartments in the city, they are just reserved for businesses because that way you circumvent the rent control rules. The result being abandoned buildings, no life, a horrible lack of student apartments, and people being forced out of the city. If ever there was a system aching for another look...

    A nice weekend to you too. :D

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  13. Unfortunately, they're broken and have been since 1996. It costs a fortune to fix them apparently. They weigh literally over a tonne. I was up there next to them: http://www.flickr.com/photos/16nine/2752413905/

    ... and they are beautiful, beautiful.

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  14. Øv, nøv! That was sad news. But at least we can see them both, and in this position they match the Danish weather 99 percent of the time anyway. I love the pictures from the VIP angle, they look even more spectacular up close.

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