An infinite bridge was imagined by danish architect studio Gjøde & Povlsgaard Arkitekter as being a circle floating on water . Drawing attention to the shoreline, where the piers would line up steamboats in the old days, this modern sculpture accentuates the scenic coastal landscape surrounding the city of Aarhus in Denmark.
The architects saw an opportunity to shape this particular piece of land and explore the possibilities it offers for the international biennale Sculpture by the Sea 2015. With a diameter of 60 meters, the Infinite Bridge is anchored two meters into the sea floor with steel pillars supporting 60 identical wooden elements embedded into the landscape, rising and lowering with the tide.
Johan Gjøde, partner and co-founder of Gjøde & Povlsgaard Arkitekter, says they “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.”
Photographs from a few sources (Aarhus I Billeder, Peter Hastrup Jensen, Danish TM, Danske Billeder) showcase vantage points that allow us to understand the former pier’s attraction and how it evolved into this exemplary site-specific sculpture. Resting half on land and half into the sea floor, the Infinite Bridge’s deck rises between one and two meters above the water level depending on the tide. The site-specific design was imagined to be split in the middle by the small river valley extending into the forest from the beach and radiate into the big blue sea.
“The bridge touches the landing dock of a previous pier located at the site where people used to arrive in steamboats from the city to relax and enjoy themselves. The historic Varna Pavilion that sits on the hillside above the beach was a popular destination in the scenic landscape with its terraces, restaurant and dancehall. Situated on the edge of the forest facing the sea the pavilion was meant to be experienced from the landing dock of the pier that no longer exists. The Infinite Bridge reestablishes this historic connection and offers a new perspective on the relation between the city and the surrounding landscape, ” says Niels Povlsgaard, partner and co-founder of Gjøde & Povlsgaard Arkitekter.
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