25 July 2012

The staycation

It sort of dawned on me the other day that having a good summer is essential to getting through the coming eight months in the dungeon. Going somewhere exotic is not an option for me at the moment, and living in Copenhagen you can't count on the weather to help you out. So I have declared this time, as in the next couple of weeks, a staycation. I am a tourist in my own city, with some obvious benefits. It is about doing something different and using all means necessary to evoke the summer time feeling.

By some miracle the last couple of days have been like real summer, hot and sunny with blue skies and a nice breeze. Today for the first time in years, I went to the city beach, the spacious Amager strand (de lazy luxe version: take your bike on the metro out, and ride it home), and tomorrow I will try out another city beach. It is almost like being in a different country.

And I finally caught up with the international Copenhagen Sand Sculpture Festival on Ofelia Beach, on the harbour side by the Royal Playhouse. Something I have been meaning to do ever since they created it back in May. Being my first sand sculpture experience, I didn't know what to expect, but that was part of the attraction. It did not disappoint:

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My absolute favorite, I still can't get it out of my mind. Solo sculpture by Pavel Mylnikov (Russia).

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And the modernistic creature, turning up his sandy nose.

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Solo sculpture by Lena Tempich (Germany).

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It really appeals to me how he is mirrored by the "real life" in the background. I wish he didn't have to go.

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Copenhagen in sand, with a compilation of all our most famous towers. I am geeking out about the fact that you get the dome of the Marble Church in both versions on the same picture. The sculpture is a collaborative effort by Johannes Weckl (Germany) and Majken Schultz, Frederikke Lange, Mette Mai Langer, Maiken Thorsen, Gorm Maar Hansen, Sidse Kordt, Marie Berh and Martin Tulinius (Denmark).

Ah, I wish I could show you everything. Anyway, I can't leave you without a sample of the prehistoric animals:

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I am so into him...

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...and he is so on to you.

If you are visiting or having a staycation in Copenhagen of your own, the sand festival have just been extended to September 1st 2012.

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8 comments:

  1. Very impressive!

    First, lake porn and now sand (beach?) porn! I bet you will get some interesting search engine referrals...

    Enjoy your staycation! (I am here too, although no va- or staycation for me)

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    1. It is pretty impressive, actually. Some of the pieces are said to be 10 m tall.

      The staycation is my challenge, I need to trick my brain into thinking it is on a holiday, haha. I'm still bummed that I missed out on the Roskilde festival, next year I am going for sure!

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  2. Are those eye lashes? Eye lashes made of sand???

    The pterodactyl is cool. Although he actually looks more like Tarna's mount from Heavy Metal than the dinosaur.

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    1. Yes, the detail is mad on these pieces. The (not so) secret is that they have mixed in clay. And then they sprinkle it with water to keep them in shape. Still I am amazed that they last for this long.

      (Oh, and no mocking my prehistoric friend! I love him, haha)

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  3. Hi Sandra, that sounds fantastic! I agree we have to enjoy the summer months here before facing the gloomy rest of the year, France is the same. Those sculptures are so yummy, what a dedication to make ephemeral sculpture (sand or ice)! how are those test tubes doing?

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    1. I try to not check the tubes every five minutes, but it is hard. And I can't really tell if they have been emptied in between my visits, sometimes they are half full (or completely full), other times they are empty. They officials are on vacation, so I have to wait another week to find out. But I am optimistic.

      I hope you enjoy your summer :-) (I know you do)

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  4. Det er godt nok flot! Vi var inde og se det i går efter at have set dit indlæg. Tak for inspiration til en dejlig eftermiddag : )

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    1. Hvor godt! Det er nemlig ret fantastisk, og især på en solskinsdag. :-)

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