24 March 2012

Lock On, Tejn

The first one I spotted was on the corner of the bridge. An iron sculpture of a ship full of people (or is it protesters on the barricades?), chained to the railing. I wanted to scream of course, and make my look-at-what-I-found-dance. As I was taking my pictures, a couple passed by and the woman said: "ah, we have one like that near our house". What? Two? I'll show you the first one before I tell you more.



Signed Tejn. A Danish street artist that I have only seen paste ups from, until now.

It turns out that these installations are called Lock On's, a phrase cornered in street art by Tejn himself. I must have overlooked his earlier specimens, somehow. Although I don't see how that is even possible? Well, he got my attention now. These days our street artists are never more than an email away, and he kindly explained his work to me. The sculptures are made from salvaged scrap iron, collected from places like our cultural battlefields Christiania and Ground Zero on Jagtvej 69 (former Youth House). He then welds it together and returns it to the streets, for a second life.



Lock On street art

Lock On, chained and locked with found bike locks.

They are all fantastic, but my true love is this woman, triumphantly holding a wrench over her head:







Dress made in part with iron from Godthaab Hammerværk, possibly a gardening tool. There is something crazy poetic about how something discarded from the past, turns into a contemporary or even futuristic piece.


The funny thing is, every time I made a stop to take pictures of one, someone would come up to me and alert me to another. I found six! Feeling like the winner of a monster treasure hunt. It is more than I could squeeze into just one post, but they refused to be left out, so you can find them on proud display over at the Brooklyn Street Art Blog. Lock On, Tejn!

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Have a happy weekend!

30 comments:

  1. What a delightfull discovery! Where can I see them?

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    1. The first one is on the corner of Queen Louises Bridge. And there are quite a few if you take a walk down Nørrebrogade, along the Assistens wall, down to the Youthhouse lot. There are probably even more, I am still on the lookout.

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  2. The Demo on Queen Louises bridge is great! Saw another Lock On close to Torvehallerne and there´s an old one in Vesterbro, quite well hidden. Love the concept of taking trash just to return it as a treasure. Tak for fed blog! <3 Snerting.

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    1. Yes, the more I look at it, the more I see a demo too. The one on the BSA blog with all the text was near torvehallerne, maybe that's the one? Or maybe there are more? I love the concept madly too. Og selvtak, Snerting.

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  3. Those three on the BSA blog are very nice - but you still miss one :-) Didn´t see the Arabian Spring / David vs Goliath or what to call the one with the slingshooters and the tank, but will surely look for it. Somehow I have a feeling of having seen that house of rules before in real life. Youth will be procecuted... Makes me think of cafés with "no breastfeeding" or Kellerdirks dresscode (no hoodies, golden necklaces etc... and their "girls in the mens room will be expelled"...). If only we were better at accomodating those annoying, beautifull young misfits who are our priceless represents of the future, instead of drowning them in unnecessary regulations, leaving them the choice of meltdown or rebellion. woops, did´t meen to start a new subject, now we are talking street art. Good street art makes people think. Happy treasurehunt in the beautyfull city of Copenhagen, Sandra and y´all! ´Snerting.

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    1. We have become somewhat of a prohibition nation, and I agree it is sufforcating. Rules for everything, and if they don't work, up the fines. Not enough people question this system.

      And that is one of many reasons why I love street art so much. For pointing out these things, and making us look (as opposed to ignoring or looking away).

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  4. Oh! that is exciting! I love them, and I love that they are on the street, well I think I love pretty much everything about this...

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    1. It is so generous, I can only imagine the amount of work that goes into creating them.

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  5. Wow, those are wonderful! I agree with you, the woman with the wrench is pretty special.

    This kind of reminded me of a street-art project in Portland. We still have a lot of iron rings embedded in our pavements, which were used to tie horses to. So people have started taking small plastic horses, and tying them to the horse rings with metal cables. Sometimes they even set up a whole scene with grass and flowers and other things. It started with one person, but it's become kind of a collaborative project, and a lot of people have put them out.

    It's been a while since I've seen one though, maybe I should go buy a horse and plan a little scene to stage with him.

    http://www.horseproject.net/

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    1. Haha, that is SO cool! I love how it has become a community effort, I would add a pony in a heartbeat, if I lived in Portland! Maybe you can place one for me? Or better yet, next time I spot a nice pony on the flea market, maybe I can send it to you, so you have a little bit of Copenhagen there? Maybe a brewery horse ?

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    2. Oh, yes! Send a horse, I'll for sure put it out! I'll email you my address, just in case :)

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    3. Perfect, oh, I can't wait to find a nice horse at the fleas. :D

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  6. These small statues are so great! Rusty metal collected from the street, modified and returned to the place as art. Love the consept!
    There is still hope for danish street art! Have a long time enjoyed the chained peace activist at Tove Ditlevsens Plads. Well, thanks, Sandra, for opening the city! Tejn, please do Vesterbro soon!
    ´Søren.

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    1. It has been so quiet on the street art front for so long, that I had almost come to peace with the fact that the good times were over. And then this. Fireworks!

      When I started blogging about Copenhagen I never dreamed that I would count locals among my readers, it makes me so happy that you find it useful too.

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  7. Heeeey jeg fandt noget lignende på Nansensgade forleden... jeg smider lige et billede op på bloggen senere idag. Jeg ved nemlig ikke om det er 'en i serien'...

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    1. Heeey, haha, mon det er "forbuds huset", der ligger på Brooklyn Street Art bloggen? Eller en helt syvende jeg slet ikke har opdaget endnu.. Spændene.

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    2. Det er det... Har ikke fået lagt det op endnu... Må lige tage mig sammen snart!

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  8. Kampvognen er høstet! The tank with the slingshooters, from the article in BSA is gone. Wonder where it went and wonder how they did.
    Hope it is placed somewhere nice now.
    ´Snerting.

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    1. F*ck! As much as I would love to have one in my house, I would not be able to live with myself if I stole it from the street. Uncool.

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  9. AnonymousMay 09, 2012

    F*cking nice streetart! Du har ret, Sandra. Bestemt ikke fedt at hapse gadekunst for at pimpe sin egen tjekkede lejlighed, men forstår så godt fristelsen. Eller måske er det lidt fedt alligevel?
    Ville ihvertfald gerne have demoen eller jerndamen i min vindueskarm, hvis de stadig lever og altså ikke var låst så godt fast og man lige havde modet og værktøjet og det altså var socialt accepteret... :-)
    K.H. Ruth Prut.

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    1. Man forstår jo hvor kærligheden til værket kommer fra. Men at stjæle en så massiv arbejdsindsats som en Tejn jernskulptur eller en Bert, fra folket no less, det er bare for pisse usselt. Hvis jeg nogensinde kommer ind i en lejlighed med en af kosterne, er jeg ret sikker på at det første jeg vil gøre er at brække mig på gulvtæppet. Som en slags tak fra gaden. For ingenting.

      :-)

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  10. AnonymousMay 09, 2012

    Enig! Især her hvor der er tale om unikke kunstværker. Fed konsekvens med en spontan, velplaceret pøl bræk på gulvtæppet, Sandra! Især hvis man har spist osterejer :-) Håber, at skulpturerne, som et plaster på såret, tilgengæld overlever, som vidnesbyrd fra netop dén epoke. En dag er der gået så mange år, at indehaveren kan sige "dengang vidste jeg ikke bedre". Til den tid kan vedkommende, som ser sig selv som modnet, lægge distance, have moderat god samvittighed og nyde værket, som er blevet psykologisk "mindre varmt", eller ligefrem give det tilbage til gaden og droppe kunstneren en mail om at det er i omløb igen. Han/hun kunne også aflevere det med et smil og et tak for lån, til en fernisering, hvis vekommende tør :-) Allermest ufedt er det, hvis værket ryger direkte fra gaden, ind i bagagerummet og ud til Lauritz. Så kan man ikke engang undskylde rapseriet med kærlighed. And love I hope it is!
    Trutteruth.

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    1. Det er jo smukt sagt. Og meget mere voksnent og nuanceret end at detonere i en fremmed stue over gadens tyvekoster, haha. Så kan jeg lære det. Uanset hvad så består de værker her jo, og en dag dukker de op igen. Det var en fornøjelse at have oplevet dem, og der står stadig et par stykker rundt omkring. Jeg siger ikke hvor. :D

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  11. AnonymousJuly 12, 2012

    Heavy concept! Hello Sandra. Some important things about this street sculpture urban art-thing is, that it does not destroy anything. On the artistic and productive point of view, I see HQ craftsmanship, advanced symbolism and strong expressions joined together - equals good shit! Stumbled across some yummy Tejn in Berlin, and your blog + some danish harbor was rated high in picture google when i went looking for more. He appears to be danish if i´m not wrong. Hope to see his iron sculptures here again (Tejn, we treat our "straßenkunst" so nice here). Otherwise some street art hunting days in Kopenhagen actually sounds quite alluring. Am in Jütland from time to time so maybe... Well, just wanted to show my appreciation. Hope Tejn is among your readers. Thanks, Sandra. Greetings from Karolin.

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    1. Hi Karolin,

      Yes Tejn is Danish, but I have no idea if he reads my blog. At least I know he has read this post, and was happy about it. A lot of Danes go to Berlin frequently (I hope to be one of them soon), and I have noticed that street artists go all over the world to share their art. It is like they are on a mission to make the world a better place.

      Sometimes I think this is the kind of life that would fit me perfectly. Maybe I would just document it instead.

      I am really happy that you stopped by to say hello. :-)

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  12. AnonymousJuly 20, 2012

    So nice blog you´ve got, Sandra. Get my appetite for a trip to your city started. It´s my humle guess that if you love Kopenhagen, you would really get a kick out of a documenting week here in Berlin. Like your city, it is full of big and small surprises. If you think of street art, I can recoment Alias, who makes some super nice stencils and El Bocho who has a poetic and humoristish style. We have also had visits from Invader, Blek le Rat, Banksy, most wonderfull Miss Van (google here please if you don´t know her) and now off course Tejn :-) I hope and think you will feel at home in "Wonderfull Berlin" :-) A beautifull summer to you from Karolin, and congrat´s with the Test Tubes!

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    1. I am so glad you like the blog. My feeling about Berlin is that I will love it too, I have been meaning to go for the longest time. Perhaps in fall? I would love to spend a week just digging in, taking pictures until I pass out, and meet some likeminded people. From what I understand Berlin is just the place for that (and for me). Ah. A beautiful summer to you too, Karolin. And if you come to Copenhagen and need some inside information, don't be afraid to get in touch, I would be happy to help. :-)

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  13. AnonymousJuly 25, 2012

    That is really nice of you, Sandra, and I might just do that some day :-) Sounds like you will find the time to a Berlin photoshoot marathon. A little inside for you: When you ask streetwise people, the part of Neukölln we call "Kreuzkölln" (because it is located close to Kreuzberg) is the new big, authentic, upcomming, underground urban shizzle. It really is a charming and lovely rustic area, but you will still find the most and best street art in Prenzlauer Berg (my beloved hood) plus in a very concentrated area in Berlin Mitte (try the backyard close to Cafe Cinema). My part of town now houses a lot of coffee drinking hipsters, but they are beautifull as well, and the punks, the players, the imigrants, the intellectuals and the 1000 other people who are masters of making kodak moments, never really left the area. All the best to you from Karolin.

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    1. Ah, I really appreciate the inside tips, thank you. I have a feeling that once I find a nice place to stay in Berlin, and the perfect way to get there, it will become something I do frequently. Like all the other Danes, haha. We are super close, really.

      We finally got summer here (and you did too, I think), and I went to the beach for the first time in years, it is just like a summer vacation. Copenhagen can be pretty sweet at this time. :-)

      PS! I just discovered a new Tejn sculpture, crazy good!

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