Earlier I mentioned Man's unique ability to create new concepts by rendering existing things a new meaning. Now I should trace this ability to its origin - the human mind that is so wonderful that it can reimagine reality itself. Impressive as they are, many wonders of the material worlds are, in a way, byproducts of that primary wonder of Imagination. Legends and fairy-tales are just several examples of tools necessary to create those byproducts.
Even though the English park named after Sir Winston Churchill is within short walking distance of the Little Mermaid, one would think that the spirit of the famous politician and sybarite, combined with personal charisma associated with his name, should define the ambience of the place. The very first artwork – a statuary - one stumbles upon in the park seems to confirm that impression.
The statuary features a strong, muscular woman vigorously lashing four lathery oxen – and the whole group exudes power, energy and purpose. The title of the statuary, Gefion Fountain, alludes to the story behind the mise-en-scene. The story has it that King Gylfi of Sweden wanted to stay in Goddess Gefion’s good books without having to show too much generosity – so, he offered the goddess some land as a gift. To be precise, as much land as she and her family would be able to plow in one night. Gefion was quick to agree and happy to oblige – so, she turned her four sons into oxen and urged them on. In the next eight hours or so the family herd plowed quite a chunk of land, carved it out and threw into the sea. That’s how the island of Zealand/ Sea Land was created. Quite naturally, the island needed a harbor to maintain its connection with the mainland. Once built, the harbor began to serve various purposes, including commerce – and, eventually, it became known as the Kaupmannhoevn/ “Merchants’ Harbor”. Over centuries the name gradually transformed into Kobenhavn, otherwise known as “Copenhagen”…