This project was an event within the
exhibition "Contemplation Room", Gallery Overgaden,
Direktoratet (The Directorate)
is an investigation, an event that was created by a factual
urban condition, with the purpose to engage and involve local
habitants and create a bit of noise in everyday life.
The event was a social-service
event, relating to and involving the citizens of two residential
areas in Copenhagen. The two areas, Sønder Boulevard and Enghavevej,
are both suffering from the lack of communication between
urban-planners and the inhabitants. The problem is focused
on and brought to daylight through an absurd and humoristic
We produced 200 green pillows, all
marked with a logo that closely resembles The City of Copenhagen’s
municipal logo. The pillows were placed on public benches
in these areas, two pillows on each bench. Workers dressed
in green uniforms repeated the activity of placing the pillows,
cleaning the benches and replacing stolen ones twice a day.
This routine continued for a two-week period.
The pillows that in the beginning
were seen as something different became part of the everyday.
The project took on its own life and became a reality. The
point of interest was not the staged event but the reaction
that followed it - the debate between the locals and The City