There are about 700 bunkers scattered all over Copenhagen. I have strangely only ever seen a few of them in use, mostly they are just sealed off and covered with grass. A familiar part of the urban landscape, like mini hills in our plane and windy city. Now the city of Copenhagen has decided to flatten forty of them, including (insert expression of horror here) the ones on the corners of Queen Louises Bridge.
It is not an easy task because of the large and immobile statues, so the project is going to be costly. And the old trees will have to go. All of them. But no worries, a total of five young twigs will be replacing them, we just have to give them half of a century to settle in. Do I hear a WHY? Because, now that the bridge have become such a people magnet, and the single corner without a bunker is so popular, flattening everything around the lakes apparently seem like the obvious choice.
The thing they don't get about the hills, is that they are not an obstacle, but an attraction. Besides the obvious historical value, you have an elevated view of the lakes and the hills give shelter from the wind that can be heavy at these corners. Two of the three corners face what can best be described as a highway, and the bunkers and the old trees serve as a buffer from that.
One of the reasons the bridge area is so popular, is that it embraces everyone. It can get a bit much on the bridge, with the loud and at times competing soundsystems, and the vibe of a street party. But that is cool because those who like it more quiet, like couples on dates, friends or someone hanging out alone with a book, can enjoy the peace on the hills. It is just a different crowd.
A baby tree, replacement for the big one that died last year.
In spring you get lots of lilacs. A super cosy spot.
The local council and most of those I have been in contact with all agree that the hills and the old trees should stay put. After all, if something works, why fix it? But that has made no impression on those in charge, and the flattening is expected to begin any day now. A single sweep guaranteed to destroy the oasis-like atmosphere, and at best just create more space for the party crowd.
Imagine this corner, flattened and treeless, with all the cars behind it. It is enough to make me cry.
We only just learned about this now (thanks to the Copenhageners invaluable online magazine MagasinetKBH), leaving very little time to mobilize a defence for our endangered oasis. There is a Save The Bunkers group on facebook, and we are going to do whatever we can to make the city planners of Copenhagen re-think this one. It just can't be allowed to happen!
Links (in Danish):
Red Broens Bunkere
Apparently the statues will be permanently removed. That would be The Nile (NONONO), The Tiber (NONONO) and Young People Sitting (aka my friends). Not only will we lose our oasis, we will be deprived of our art. Unbeliveable!
UPDATE TO THE UPDATE:The statues are now said to be removed only temporarily. What is true, what is not? There is no place to look these things up. For sure the hills are to be flattened, and for sure the old trees are going to disappear. And, for sure it is scheduled to happen soon. Leaving a small, flat lawn without shadow, and brown burnt off grass. And for sure the whole project will cost three million Danish crowns, and strip our bridge of its very soul.
THE ULTIMATE UPDATE!The mayor in charge of these things have put a temporary halt to the plans because of the massive outcry from the locals. Today the Danish newspaper Politiken's online version brought us the good news. The fight is not over, but at least we are heard.
The good news in Politiken (Danish)
The good news in Politiken (funny English Google translate version)