HCA NEWS Eight-meter high HCA sculpture for Odense

Sculptor Bjørn Nørgaard will create a Hans Christian Andersen sculpture for Flakhaven in Odense.

By ms - H.C. Andersen 2005 - 03 February 2004

Sculptor and provocateur Bjørn Nørgaard has agreed to create a new monument to Odense's renowned native son, Hans Christian Andersen. Bjørn Nørgaard is known for his provocative art from the 1970s, when, among other things, he created a huge hubbub by slaughtering horses publicly for the sake of art. He has since created more restrained works - among them, eleven tapestries in honor of the fiftieth birthday of Her Majesty Queen Margrethe II.

This is not the first time Bjørn Nørgaard has turned his attention to Hans Christian Andersen. He has also made woodcut illustrations for the fairytale "Little Claus and Big Claus" and a relief of Hans Christian Andersen, which hangs today in Holstebro. Thus, the sculpture for Flakhaven, Odense's main square, will be neither Bjørn Nørgaard's first encounter with Hans Christian Andersen nor one he takes lightly.

"A subject such as Hans Christian Andersen always carries a lot of baggage. Everybody has an opinion. And, so, everybody also has an opinion about how you should do the sculpture," said Bjørn Nørgaard to the newspaper Fyens Stiftstidende.

The task of creating a eight-meter high sculpture of brass and granite will be like navigating through treacherous reefs - it should be a sculpture that is provocative but have enough going for it that it will still be worth seeing 50 years from now. At the same time, of course, it won't hurt that the sculpture will be a modern expression of how we view Hans Christian Andersen today.

The sculpture is to be made from copper, granite and water, and Bjørn Nørgaard's idea is that the sculpture should not only be something to look at but something that people can climb on and paddle in.