There is something I have been wondering about: how come we are not encouraged or even allowed to shape our own city? We are not allowed to humanize our own neighborhood. Unless you have the funds and the power to pull the strings, in which case you can create public spaces to your own taste, and build opera houses and shape the city any way you want.
And of course you are allowed to promote your own message, and take up seemingly unlimited amounts of public space, so long as you, again, can afford to pay for it. Then, you can say pretty much anything, advertise, bully, belittle and promote unhealthy messages and merchandise. But if you leave precious art as a gift to the people, it is removed. And, if you are caught leaving it, you will be fined or even sued.
Most recently what I can only assume is the city, overnight disassembled the swing garden on the bunkers, and removed the magnificent Tejn sculpture. It was such a happy place for as long as it lasted, crowded with children and people stopping to admire and photograph the art. Striking up conversations with other admirers. It was pretty magical. How come the city is allowed to destroy parts of Copenhagen, on our dime, but at the same time we are not allowed to add a single thing?
Hot dog on the lake, haha, this is so good!
The city occasionally leaves "souvenirs" in the lake, like giant inflated condoms or vodka bottles. I can smell the propaganda a mile away, and it never makes me feel anything but irritated. This is the real deal, pushing nothing but my happy-button.
And last week someone left this small installation, perhaps inviting us to sit down and relax for a minute?
Once in a while these little set up's appear. But they rarely stay for long.
The message is clear: this is not your city, you are merely a guest here. House rules are set up by an uninviting host, who would really rather that you didn't feel too comfortable. A mindset making people less inclined to assume ownership of their own city, and feel protective about it. Like cleaning up after themselves, and reminding others to do the same. Indifference sets in. When I become mayor of Copenhagen, this issue is going to be on top of my long list of improvements. Move over, Mr. Jensen.