In 1670 a new central square, Kongens Nytorv, was built in Copenhagen by the order of the King Christian V, and with this new square he defined the new center of the city. Ever since, for centuries, he has been sitting right there in the middle of it all on his equestrian statue – high on his horse and looked over the city of Copenhagen, its citizens, its visitors and the life that has unfolded in front of him. But because of the present metro construction site King Christian and his horse are hidden behind a tall fence in the coming years.

‘On your High Horse’ is the winning proposal in the open ideas competition arranged by the Metroselskabet and Indre By Lokaludvalg held in spring 2014. The brief was to create a temporary urban space in the small square at Kongens Nytorv at the end of the pedestrian street, Strøget. Here, we proposed to set up 12 horses in fiberglass. Nothing else. 12 horses in full size. A horse herd that send a heartfelt greeting to King Christian V on his horse, and remind us all that he still stands behind the fence. The horses are all facing the pedestrian street – one comes out of the construction site fence, one stands in front where the street begins – and together they creates a thoughtful scene that people passing by are encourage to interact with.

The horses are in different breeds and sizes, ponies and mature stallions. They have different red colors and therefore compliment the characteristic deep bottle green color of the construction site fence. The horses’ location on the square creates a ‘labyrinthine’ landscape of colors and volumes, and awakens the curiosity of passers-by.

client | Metroselskabet  and Indre By Lokaludvalg
location | Kongens Nytorv, Copenhagen
status | 1. prize in open ideacompetition, built, summer 2014
service | total consultant