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Byens Ø: Buoy Play in the Docks. Odense, April 2016. FujiFilm X100T, ~35mm /f2.0

Byens Ø – City Island

The transformation of Odenses ancient and industrial-historic harbor into a public recreational and cultural center progresses very fast. Many important parts of the former docks, though worn and damaged were demolished in favor of a project allowin Odenses inhabitants to. Byens Ø:

Enjoy the beach, play beach volley, table football, mini golf and much more. You could quite easily take family or friends for a day in the sun. In the evening, the area attracts kayakers and couples, walking hand-in-hand, eating ice cream.
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One should not be opposed to change and strive to be open to new ways of exploiting areas which are no longer used commercially. Seen in this light, the Byens Ø has been made available to a wider audience who are now visiting the area, giving it the shape, color and sound. In stead of aching Port Cranes, one hears now clapping audience to a beach volleyball match. And in stead of busy warehouses, the public can now visit the North Atlantic House, a gathering place for Greenlandic, Faroese, Icelandic and Danish culture (although the website is exclusively held in danish language..), along with a couple of other restaurants, floating on houseboats.

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A world famous artist was tasked to shine up the old silo on Towns Island:

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But when we turn our attention away from the modern and trendy Island, towards the old ferry “Harald Blåtand” which is towed in a secluded basin of the harbor, waiting to be scrapped, we can not help thinking that this is all gone a little too fast. That the old and historical has been removed too fast – in favor of something fashionable, opportune and new. And then we can still hear the cranes ache.

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© 2016 – Oliver Haas-Jensen, All Rights Reserved

Swiss expat, living in the green middle of Denmark since 1992. Family man, amateur photographer and editor of this site. I publish my photographic work from exploring my surroundings, travels and events i attend to in order to share it with the visitors of this site. Welcome to Olivers Film Roll.

(3) Comments Write a comment

  1. Bin ich die Einzige die “Comment” schreibt? Ich habe noch nie von jemandem etwas gesehen.
    Die Pralinen auf dem Wasser machen “gluschtig” und der Vogel und Fisch am Turm sind heiss. Der Maler-Künstler hat wie lange daran gearbeitet?


  2. Cool bis auf das hängende Schlachtvieh :-))
    Ich war auch schon dort, trällällä


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