For the last 8 years Copenhagen’s urban landscape has been transformed as the city’s metro system is being extended. A further 17 underground stations are currently being constructed with a further 15 km of metro tunnel being added on the current line. Many of Copenhagen’s historical sites, squares and public spaces have and are still affected by this ambitious scheme. The construction sites have become a part of Copenhagen’s residents everyday life, although there is no denying that construction work has proved a severe challenge for neighbors living close to the sites. One of the most positive aspects of the Metro project has been the involvement of local artists transforming the site’s hoardings into large scale canvases. Byens Hegn:Cool Construction was launched in 2011 providing artists such as Henrik Menné and Thomas Dambo the possibilities of engaging with an audience at street level. This innovative project also involves young artists working on art projects dispersed over the city with the scheme being financed by advertising space on the site’s hoardings. Copenhagen’s City Ring will be completed in 2019 with the final piece of the Metro puzzle the M4 line connecting my hood, Sluseholmen to the city’s underground network finishing in 2023. Hopefully, Cool Construction will continue to bring their cool urban brand of street art to Sydhavnen and Sluseholmen’s residents.
Photo credits: Phillip Mills
Video credits: Byens Hegn: Cool Construction