The Art in Dokk1
At Dokk1, art has been given a central and visible position in the form of three major works selected specifically for the building and the surrounding spaces. At Dokk1, art is meant to vitalize and complement the architecture of the building and its spaces in a way that involves and surprises people, while representing high quality contemporary art that in itself attracts visitors.
Dokk1 complies with the rules for municipal buildings, and therefore 1% of the total building cost has been spent on the artistic decoration of the building and its surrounding spaces. This has resulted in the three works, Magic Mushrooms, Gongen and Poseidon.
The Gong is a work by Kristine Roepstorff. The Gong is 7.5 metres long and weighs three tons and it is the world’s largest tubular bell.
When a child is born in Aarhus University Hospital at Skejby, the parents can press a button at the hospital, which sends a signal that releases the arm that rings The Gong at Dokk1. The Gong is engraved with a sun motif and an infinity symbol illustrating new life.
See and hear The Gong in action here.
Magic Mushrooms is created by the internationally acclaimed artist duo Elmgreen & Dragset.
The work of art is a model of an upturned, imaginary big city which is mounted under the ceiling in the parking-system area.
The big city is reproduced in a realistic manner in the scale of 1:100 and some of the houses are up to 2 metres high.
Poseidon was created by a group of artists called A Kassen. The shape of this bronze sculpture was formed by the sea when 30 kilos of molten bronze were poured into the harbour basin next to Dokk1, creating thousands of unique pieces of bronze.
One of these pieces was selected and enlarged to form a 2.5 by 2.5 metres bronze sculpture, using computer scanning and CNC milling.
Poseidon is located on the promenade close to the dockside between Dokk1 and Pakhus 13.
The art work is located in the area between Main Hall and Small Hall, and has hence been titled Mellemrummet - the Danish word for the space between rooms (Eng. meaning: Gap or interstice). Mellemrummet consists of 6 unique tableaus shaped by 16 speakers and 11 light panels located in the ceiling. The art work is affected by the presence in the room among other things.
Mellemrummet is created in a collaboration between Dokk1, CAVI, Aarhus University, and the research project CIBIS. The artist Henrik Munch has composed and produced the work, while CAVI from Aarhus University has staged the design process and designed the visuals, and developed the technical solutions.