Danish foundation Nordea-fonden commissioned the construction of the pedestrian bridge to span Copenhagen‘s Christianshavn canal. The final design is around 40 meters long and can be opened to allow boats to pass through. Each of the five circular platforms has its own mast-just like sailboats– and evoke the artist’s first impressions of harbours from his childhood spent in Denmark and Iceland.
Its creator and designer is Olafur Eliasson, a Danish–Icelandic artist known for sculptures and large-scale installation art employing elemental materials such as light, water, and air temperature to enhance the viewer’s experience.
It is expected that some 5,000 pedestrians and cyclists will use the bridge daily. It will become part of a larger route around Copenhagen Harbour, where cyclists and pedestrians can observe the city from different perspectives. The zigzagging bridge is meant to slow down cyclists and inspire them to take a break and enjoy the views.