24 June 2015

The perfect gift

Copenhagen has been graced with no less than six fantastic mural paintings. We used to have a tradition for this, both (beautiful) commercials and art, but it sort of died out. The occasion of the six murals, is Danish photographer Søren Solkær’s new book “Surface”, portraying street artists from around the world. I couldn’t possibly care less about the hype surrounding this project, for me it is all about the art. Roaring, temperamental art on a massive scale, reviving the public space, otherwise pimped out to advertisers.

I followed a few of the murals as they evolved, this post is all about the one that for so many reasons made the biggest impression on me. The big bird by Dal East.

Dal East mural, Copenhagen

First shot, note the greenery interacting with the bird. This is how it was planned. If you know even a little bit about how “green Copenhagen” works, you know what is coming...

Dal East mural, Copenhagen

Dal East working his magic mid-air, in short, precise bursts, one eye on the sketch.... pst...pst...pst.

Dal East mural, Copenhagen

This is obviously not something you sneak in and do at night without anyone noticing, as it takes a huge, noisy lift, and a couple of days to finish. So permission is properly asked and granted, before anything (I still love the idea of not asking anyone’s permission, ha!).

Dal East mural, Copenhagen

Calling the murals “public” may be a stretch as they are all on private properties and fenced in, but you can see most of them from the street. They are all concentrated on Vesterbro, two even on the same block. Lucky bastards.

During a break, I started talking to Dal East. It was supposed to be about him, but somehow we ended up talking about trees, and my fight to keep them around. He told me a story: An old Chinese man summoned his sons to his deathbed, and they asked if he had a final piece of advise for them. He told them to go to the kitchen and bring him all the chopsticks. First, he took one, and broke it in two. "Do you see how easy that was?" Then he took the whole bunch, and tried unsuccessfully to break them all. The point he was making to his sons was to stick together, this way they would be strong.

This is certainly true of citizens groups, uniting to save nature. Still get goosebumps from that story, oh. On the last day, I had the nerve to ask if I could take a ride in the lift, and get some good bird shots. My wish was granted. Fear of heights be damned, six stories up we went.

Dal East mural, Copenhagen

Dal East mural, Copenhagen

Dal East mural, Copenhagen

You know I am a sucker for the close-up's, I couldn't help myself. But I was reminded by the lift operator, that it was made to be watched from a distance. To me it is just as magic up close, tattoo good!

Dal East mural, Copenhagen

Flare positioned to match the sunset angle. Details matter.

And the final result. Notice anything missing, compared to the first shot?

Dal East mural, Copenhagen

Someone mistakenly thought that nature was obstructing the art, and cut the branches down. Classic Copenhagen.

As we passed this point Dal East, clearly touched, pointed to the window across the street and said: "look, how sweet". A small family with a fresh view of the magnificent bird, had pasted thank you notes to the window, gathered the children, and was waving and smiling.

Dal East mural, Copenhagen 

We love our new view, thank you!

A perfect picture of how grateful we all feel, for this gift to Copenhagen.

The mural is at Oehlenschlagersgade 76 (link to map).



6 comments:

  1. It's beautiful Sandra, and the details are yummy. Thanks for the close ups!

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    1. Oh, it is so beautiful. It is almost like the house has a skin, and the bird is a tattoo. The feeling that it is alive, somehow. I'm glad you like the close ups. : )

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  2. Love this post, Sandra! So touching and beautiful!

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    1. I am glad that it shows, they whole experience was quite touching to me too. : )

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  3. What happened to the tree???

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    1. They cut the branches away. So stupid.

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