Han Public Sculpture in Elsinore, Denmark by Elmgreen & Dragset

as a minimalist i’m not truly into figurative work but this is a mercurial work of master craftsmanship. kudos! m.

“‘han’ is a public sculpture commissioned by the city of elsingore. the title means ‘he’ in danish – but it is actually also the name of michael’s boyfriend back in london. the work is situated in front of the castle krongborg which is the very location of shakespeare’s hamlet. the sculpture is so to say a contemporary and male paraphrase of the danish national icon the little mermaid. it depicts a young man posing on a rock – he sits in the same way as the famous little mermaid does and the stone has the exact shape of the stone used for his ‘older sister’. but the entire sculpture, both figure and stone, is cast in stainless steel. further more a hydraulic mechanism can shut the eyes of the sculpture for a split second every 30 minutes.”

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