An Orange Thread Uniting Copenhagen’s South Harbor

Yarn 01The long anticipated M4 line, connecting South Harbor to the Metro City Ring has finally begun and in 2024, Teglholmen, Sluseholmen and Mozart’s Plads will be just a heartbeat from central Copenhagen. However, the construction site for the forthcoming Metro station at Mozart’s Plads is causing concern for local businesses and residents. With the instantly recognizable green fence surrounding the site, the neighborhood’s infrastructure has become visually and physically severed.

The Orange Thread
Copenhagen’s postal number 2450, has been blossoming in recent years with the city’s residents discovering its endearing qualities and many in the local business community are concerned that this positive development will be hindered, among them, Designatelieret. The duo behind Designatelieret, Linda Rønning Robert and Zita Gustafsen, early this autumn initiated one of Copenhagen’s yarn-bombing projects, to highlight the challenges facing this part of South Harbor. The Orange Thread has brought together local knitting clubs, producing knitted insulations for trees and lamp posts that run through the neighborhood’s main thoroughfare. The project, locally sponsered, is not only thought as a wayfinding and visual tool, but to activate the community to support local business.

The Orange Thread 2450
Yarn-bombing has been featuring in Copenhagen’s urban landscape in recent years, maybe not on the scale of the sisters, Jill and Lorna Watt in San Francisco and the phenomenal works of Magda Sayeg, but it is wonderful to see that Designatelieret have certainly put South Harbor on the “street art with a statement” map.

Content & Images: Phillip Mills

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