Train turns to stone after Copenhagen development

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At least one of the new trains in Copenhagen’s Sørensenbær trains, the Danish capital’s newest metro line, is picturesque.

Built to capitalize on climate conditions, this train, which opens to the public this week, is less a train and more a sculpture made of dyed granite.

Travellers of all ages and breeds, from families and grandparents to students and office workers, can get a glimpse of the train-inspired work of plywood artist Nicola Ulermann on Instagram.

According to a city spokesperson, the New Sørensenbær Street Metro Line No. 3 Train WELD 1 bike features a triad of sculptures — designed by Ulermann, Gilepsis Studio, and Feldhaus Studio — which are ‘packed together within the train’ to form ‘a summery, geometrical structure, such as air masses in the morning sky.’

Vital to the design are colored, counterbalancing plates made of granite and hailed as ‘little shields’ for the lines to connect.

An outline of linear scenery, similar to a Chicago lake, also takes shape.

It was built for around 50 million Danish kroner ($8.6 million) in late 2012 — at a time when Copenhagen was crippled by a heat wave — and was a collaboration between transportation, civic and public art studios, says the Danish Skatehjorket, a project for train renovation that officially welcomed trains in June 2015.

The result of nearly two years of work, the new rail line extends to 14 stations and is 74% complete, according to website Train Syd.

“I think the trains convey a sense of connection, a sense of progress and illumination,” explains Christine Wilke of Skatehjorket, explaining the light show that is apparently the work of city artists.

According to Skatehjorket , the color of the carriage — with a range of options that ranges from orange to dark green — contributes to a ‘rough yet beautiful’ feeling of being immersed in the world of the train, one that is ‘slanted and slight, but instead of being dangerous has a sort of escape and wonder.’

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