Alternative Road Signs Invade Copenhagen

free, What's New — By Jane Graham on October 28, 2010 at 8:38 am

Visitors to Copenhagen right now can be forgiven by being a little puzzled by some of the more cryptic road signs scattered around the city, which seem to be suggesting alternative methods of behavior more than laying down the law: one example is this sign representing a ‘Kramme Zone‘ (hugging zone).

The alternative road signs were originally created by art and design firm Bosch & Fjord under the name ‘Free Zone CPH‘ for the Royal Danish Theater’s summer spot Ofelia Beach. The signs stayed at the beach hang-out throughout the summer, but when Ofelia Beach closed at the start of September, various local personalities were given the opportunity to decide where to place them in public places around the city – including Kongens Nytorv, the Central Station and on Rådhuspladsen.

A press release from Free Zone CPH explains that the purpose of this public art action is to question how we use public areas and to encourage everyone to create their own spaces within the city. Director of the National Film School of Denmark, Poul Nesgaard, has placed a sign of someone yelling at the entrance to the city’s Central Train Station: “… where passers-by can shout out to the world and have their voice heard.”

The signs can be seen around Copenhagen until November 15.

Image courtesy of Free Zone CPH and Bosch & Fjord.

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