A temporary installation by Danish architecture practice Gjøde & Povlsgaard Arkitekter
The Infinite Bridge by Danish architecture studio Gjøde & Povlsgaard Arkitekter invites visitors to put down their smart phone and take in a real, live panorama. Constructed as part of last month’s Sculpture by the Sea 2015 in Aarhus, Denmark, the circular bridge offers changing views of the scenic seascape to be shared and experienced with others.
Johan Gjøde, partner and co-founder of Gjøde & Povlsgaard Arkitekter, explains, “We have created a sculpture that is all about experiencing the surroundings and becoming aware of the relation between the city and the magnificent landscape of the bay. Walking on the bridge you experience the changing landscape as an endless panoramic composition and at the same time you enter a space of social interaction with other people experiencing the same panorama.”
The bridge also draws a connection to the site’s history. A landing dock previously existed on the site of the bridge where passengers would disembark from steamboats to spend time in the city. The ring-shaped bridge reintroduces a long-forgotten perspective of the shoreline to modern visitors.
“With The Infinite Bridge, we have tried to create a setting where you can experience the landscape surrounding the city. Actually, it is nature, the city’s skyline, the harbor and the relationship to the water that is the true art piece,” says John Gjøde. The bridge also received the the children’s favorite prize after Sculpture by the Sea’s youngest visitors selected it as their most-loved installation. The next edition of the month-long event will take place in 2017.