|The Pig, Ceres Fountain|
|Aarhus Clock Tower, City Hall|
The adjacent City Hall, boasts the clock tower, now used as the symbol of Aarhus. Designed by Arne Jacobsen and Erik Moller in 1941, and with the clock unusually positioned at the bottom half of the tower, it is internationally recognised as an outstanding example of Danish Modernism. It is listed as an important structure in the Danish cultural canon.
There are numerous sculptures in the surrounding gardens, some classical and others quirky, such as the boy contemplating a swim in the reflecting pool and the strange monster cum helicopter (below)
With a population of just 260,000 Aarhus is spoilt for choice when it comes to the arts. The city has its own symphony orchestra and is the home of Danish National Opera. The modern concert hall, (1982) built since my parents time, boasts annual ticket sales of 700,000.
|ARoS on the right and the Concert hall on the left|
Later in the day I visited AroS, the spectacular modern art museum (1997), crowned
by a stunning circular walkway called Your Rainbow. At 150 metres long, and with graduated, coloured glass panels, Your Rainbow provides 360 degree views of Aarhus through, literally, rose coloured, and blue and orange and gold coloured glass.
Left and below: Views of Aarhus from Your Rainbow atop ARoS Art Museum, Aarhus
Right: The spire in the distance is the Cathedral. My parents lived very close by.
What a thoroughly satisfying day it had been! Not only had I traced many of the places my parents visited, and my mother mentioned in her book, but I had discovered several new ones and, best of all, I had enjoyed every moment.