Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Legend has it that when internationally acclaimed artist Olafur Eliasson designed three large sphere-shaped lamps for the Copenhagen Opera House, he deliberately made his contribution resemble the flag of the nearby Freetown of Christiania.

In order to see it you have to position yourself outside the main entrance where the lamps can be seen against the red wooden interior walls of the concert hall.

The double irony is of course, that if Christiania was to be torn down, (as some of the more right-wing oriented Danes hope for...), the richest man in Denmark, shipping tycoon Maersk Mckinney-Møller (who funded the opera) would have paid for this "secret" memorial which is also placed almost opposite his own corporate headquarters, and directly in front of the Danish Royal Palace.

(thanx to Morten of Notes of a Second rate poet for originally telling me the story)
Retro babe"...nice sofa..."
Panzer Sturmgeschütz III, Ausf G
Judging from the cheerful attitude of the troopers and officers in this photo it was probably taken at a training facility to commemorate the completion of a Stug crew's basic training.

1 comment:

Hans said...

Stort! Larger than live!