2015: The Opening of the Circle Bridge in Copenhagen

August 22, 2015

A bridge for pedestrians and bicyclists was opened in the Christianshavn neighborhood of Copenhagen. This structure, which was formally named the Circle Bridge, spans the southern mouth of the Christianshavn Canal in Denmark’s capital city.

The 130-foot (40-meter)-long Circle Bridge encompasses a total of five round platforms. Each of these platforms has its own mast held up by cables. In an architectural commemoration of Christianshavn’s maritime culture, these masts — differing in height from each other — collectively enable the bridge to resemble a series of sailing yachts.

The Circle Bridge was designed by Copenhagen-born artist Olafur Eliasson. In a 2009 interview with the London-based design magazine Dezeen, Eliasson described his expectations for the bridge.

“It is my hope that people will stay on the bridge, use the bridge as a public square,” he said in that interview. “Rather than offering the fastest possible passage across the canal, the bridge will create small variations in the way we see the city and open for a renegotiation of public space.”

Photo Credit: © User:Colin / Wikimedia Commons / CC BY-SA 4.0

For more information on the Circle Bridge, please check out https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Circle_Bridge

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