“Ocean” Exhibition at the Rundetårn

I mentioned in my last post that the former University Library in the Trinitatis Church  to which  the  Rundetårn is attached has been converted into a space for concerts and exhibitions. During our visit to the tower there was an exhibition, “The Ocean” taking place of works by members of the Arts & Crafts Association Bornholm (ACARB) inspired by the sea. Most of the works were glass and ceramics and I was very impressed by many of the contemporary pieces on display. I took a few photographs of some I particularly liked

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I wish I’d taken more photos and made some notes on the artists. There wasn’t an exhibition brochure to take away and I was hoping to find some information and pictures on the  Rundetårn website, but there wasn’t really any at all. There’s a link to the ACARB website which has plenty of information about the artists who belong to the group with plenty of pictures of their work, but nothing specific about the Ocean exhibition.

The Rundetårn

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As I’ve mentioned i previous posts, Copenhagen is a relatively low rise city. The high points are the towers and spires associated with some of the buildings, particularly churches. The Rundetårn – Round Tower – which is one of the best viewpoints in Copenhagen, is a curious 40 metre high tower attached to the Trinitatis Church in the Latin Quarter of the city, near the old University buildings.

The Trinitatis Church was the University Chapel, but also contained the University Library and the attached tower was built as an astronomical observatory. It was completed in 1642 and is the oldest functioning observatory in Europe as it still has a working telescope. Today it is mainly an attraction for tourists who climb to the top for the view over the city. The climb is easier than might be expected as for most of the way (except for the last few metres) the ascent is via a wide spiral ramp, built to allow equipment to be taken up to the top.

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The views from the top were certainly extensive. We could see most of the major landmarks in the city centre

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and even as far as “The Bridge” that connects Denmark to Sweden over the Baltic Sea.

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The library used to occupy an upper floor over the chapel. Today it is used an an exhibition and concert space. During our visit there was an exhibition, “The Ocean” taking place of works by members of the Arts & Crafts Association Bornholm inspired, as the name of the exhibition suggests, by the sea. There were some interesting works on display.

You were also able to pop into one of the old latrine (not in use!)

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And the bell loft.

For some further information on the tower click here.