It seems like every time you turn on the news there’s a new story of tragedy and loss. How amazing, then, to get some absolutely great news from America at the end of last week – that same-sex marriage is now legal in every state. I’m not American, but I’m proud to be from a country that has supported gay marriage for some time, and I consider this a huge step forward for the world in general.
It was fitting then, that only the next day the world celebrated with pride parades. Unfortunately I wasn’t able to celebrate in a parade, but I think I got the next best thing: Your rainbow panorama in Aarhus, Denmark. Found on top of the ARoS Museum of Modern Art, it was created by Danish-Icelandic artist Olafur Eliasson and opened in May of 2011. It is a permanent installation that consists of a circular, 150-metre-long walkway overlooking all of Aarhus. From the ARoS website, Eliasson was quoted as saying,
“Your rainbow panorama establishes a dialogue with the existing architecture and reinforces what was already there, that is to say the view across the city. I have created a space that can almost be said to erase the boundary between inside and outside – a place where you become a little uncertain as to whether you have stepped into a work of art or into part of the museum. This uncertainty is important to me, as it encourages people to think and sense beyond the limits within which they are accustomed to function.”
The rest of the ARoS museum is fantastic, too, with lots of permanent and temporary exhibits that often engage all of your senses. It was the panorama that really impressed, however, and we spent far too much time taking photos, looking out over the city, and constantly exclaiming, “Wow, it’s so beautiful/cool/amazing!”I highly recommend a visit to the museum, as it was a highlight of my stay in the city.
I’ll be writing a lot more about my time in Aarhus coming up, but I wanted to share this special installation first, one that linked so nicely to the wonderful news from America last week.
Many thanks to Visit Denmark who hosted my time in Aarhus. For more on social media, check out #ThisIsAarhus. Also, if you click on this link, you can enter a competition to win your own trip to Aarhus!
Did you participate in a pride parade last weekend? And/or, have you been to Aarhus and the ARoS museum?