The first one I spotted was on the corner of the bridge. An iron sculpture of a ship full of people (or is it protesters on the barricades?), chained to the railing. I wanted to scream of course, and make my look-at-what-I-found-dance. As I was taking my pictures, a couple passed by and the woman said: "ah, we have one like that near our house". What? Two? I'll show you the first one before I tell you more.
Signed Tejn. A Danish street artist that I have only seen paste ups from, until now.
It turns out that these installations are called Lock On's, a phrase cornered in street art by Tejn himself. I must have overlooked his earlier specimens, somehow. Although I don't see how that is even possible? Well, he got my attention now. These days our street artists are never more than an email away, and he kindly explained his work to me. The sculptures are made from salvaged scrap iron, collected from places like our cultural battlefields Christiania and Ground Zero on Jagtvej 69 (former Youth House). He then welds it together and returns it to the streets, for a second life.
Lock On, chained and locked with found bike locks.
They are all fantastic, but my true love is this woman, triumphantly holding a wrench over her head:
Dress made in part with iron from Godthaab Hammerværk, possibly a gardening tool. There is something crazy poetic about how something discarded from the past, turns into a contemporary or even futuristic piece.
The funny thing is, every time I made a stop to take pictures of one, someone would come up to me and alert me to another. I found six! Feeling like the winner of a monster treasure hunt. It is more than I could squeeze into just one post, but they refused to be left out, so you can find them on proud display over at the Brooklyn Street Art Blog. Lock On, Tejn!
Have a happy weekend!