Wednesday, August 02, 2006

Quicksketch: Den Gamle By

If you like the charm of old-fashioned stuff and happen to visit denmark, be sure to go to Den Gamle By (The old town) in the city of Aarhus. It's an open air museum built like an old maket town from the 1800's or so. If you're really into such things, like I am, I also recommand the excelent museum book they sell in the souvenir shop. It's loaded with excelent pictures and interesting text, not just about the museum but also describing what life used to be like in these small market towns.

A while ago I was whining here about the pompousness, strictness and lack of entertainment in museums in general. I was therefore very pleased to read the following lines in my "Den Gamle By" book: "museum visits should be enjoyable. The museum's staff are aware that it is the visitor's spare time and that too much instructing and patronising may easily spoil their day". Hear hear, guys!

This here is a very very quick composition study, trying to capture some of the charm of the place. Don't know if I succeeded. Maybe I'll develop it further at some point.


Hans said...

I guess I'll be the one to answer that and yes, I think you captured the feeling of "Den Gamle By" nicely in your sketch. Aarhus is my hometown, we lived about 3 miles from "Den Gamle By" and used to go there every christmas when I was little. Christmas is the best time to visit, especially if it's snowing. You'd have to be the crankiest A-hole on earth not to get into the ultimate christmas spirit.

Have a great weekend and enjoy the seemingly long and hot summer in DK.


Doron Meir said...

Thanks man. You're not the first to recommand a christmas visit to "Den Gamle By". Maybe I would.

The summer is excellent this year! Even a bit too excellent, I'm starting to miss the grayness (OMG I'm going to hate myself for this line in a month or so...).

By the way, if you're coming to Copenhagen at any point and have time for a beer with a stranger, drop me a line :).