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Jimmy tog en bild på mig i @cisternerne som jag tyckte om. Episkt ögonblick, händer typ en gång per sekel. Coolt ställe btw. #cisternerne

The sun is shining on the moss island these days 🌿☀ If it gets a little too hot outside you can always cool down in our underground exhibition. It's open all week from 11-19 - also this Thursday (Kristi Himmelfartsdag). Thank you @larsenkbh for the great pic! #byensbedste17 #cisternerne #sambuichi #søndermarken #frederiksbergmuseerne

On mondays we want to explore! Have you visited @cisternerne 👁? | #cisternerne #søndermarken #placestovisit

Let the light shine through ☀️ #cisternerne #frederiksberg #copenhagen #art and stuff

"The Water" by Japanese architect Hiroshi Sambuichi. 👌🏼🇯🇵🇩🇰
#sambuichi #cph #copenhagen #cisternerne

Sambuichi exhibit #sambuichi #cisternerne


The ‘oku’ room is the a place where sun and water meet.
Where the dance of the two manifest the bending of light into the colors of the rainbow.

The artist wanted visitors the appreciate the marriage of light and water as it changed states from liquid to a gas.
He wanted visitors to appreciate that water can become lighter than air.

A reflection that humans, in a way, can become lighter than air. :)

The Cisterns are naturally CO2 rich. Five to ten times as rich as the air above ground.
Plants love this environment. It’s paradise.

Sambuichi takes advantage of this to demonstrate the circulation of life between plants and humans.

And to remind us that ‘we’ are not the top of the pyramid. Plants supply us with sustenance for life.

In the ‘naka’ room, Sambuichi has nurtured the growth of a specific type of moss that thrives in this environment.

Within the box, there is an Oxygen and CO2 meter to monitor the amount of sustenance passing to and from the plant life.

It is remarkable to appreciate the exchange between humans and plants in this way.
The symbiotic relationship.

It’s easy to forget. But here, it’s so clear.

The artist grew up near the Seto Inland Sea, where the island vegetation has been protected for thousands of years.

Every New Year’s day, he would climb over a series of wood-arched bridges to see the sun rise over the island.

He built a bridge in this installation.
When visitors pass up and over the bridge, they descend upon a mossy island illuminated by light.
It’s Sambuichi’s way of sharing his childhood experience with us.
The feeling of seeing sun rise.

The intention set by this artist is unmistakable.

A sunrise! What a gift. :)

Inspired by the Japanese island of Miyajima, Sambuichi created a labyrinth of wooden platforms to take visitors over the Cistern waters for exploration of water and light.

He wanted visitors to experience the extent of the space.
To feel the humidity. The water on their skin.
And the hear the sound of nature as they travel over planks of Japanese cypress, which he built specifically for this exhibit.

This installation is about the connection of water, air, nature and humans.
All of the elements of his design manifest beautifully to this end.

Upon entering the installation, visitors are guided down a winding snake of platform before arriving to a long stretch of catwalk.

At the end is a single point of light — a special opening exposed into the Cistern ceiling for this exhibit.
The first time light has met these underground water in 150 years.

The artist wanted visitors to feel the pull of sunshine.
The monumental experience of the first meeting of light and water.

Can you imagine being an organism, seeing light for the first time?
Here you can.

This subterranean art installation was created by Japanese architect Hiroshi Sambuichi, who studied the Cistern and it’s watery ecosystem for a year before building his work.

His goal is to create organic, endemic architecture, that adapts to it’s environment.

The Cisterns are a subterranean reservoir, dating back to 1856, which once supplied the drinking water for the residents of Copenhagen.
At one time, the reservoir could hold as much as 4 million gallons of drinking water.

In 1933, they were no longer used for this purpose, and they were converted into a glass art museum in the early 2000s.

Now, it functions as an exhibition space for artists all over the world.

It is also the only dripstone cave in Copenhagen - which means it is home to naturally occurring stalactites and stalagmites.
These slow-growing creatures can lengthen at a speed of just 1 millimeter a year. The Cistern drip stones grow 100 times faster than those found in natural drip caves, due to the decomposition of the alkaline calcareous minerals in the concrete.

The Cistern Air is CO2 rich due to the depletion of plant parts in the soil below. As it reacts with carbon dioxide in the air, it precipitates as lime in the form of drip stone.
This is the same process that is used to cure mortar, which utilizes the of carbon dioxide from the air.

Copenhagen has a hidden subterranean museum.
It’s clandestine, marked only by two glass pyramids, like submerged icebergs, protruding from the grassy lawn of a local park.

There is one small sign outside one of the glass structures, written in Danish, with a welcome to visitors.
Upon entry, you’ll be cordially greeted by a polite Dane, before descending down a flight of concrete stairs into the underbelly of the park.

At the end of the staircase sits a large mirror to collect as much light as possible from the Danish skies, to redirect into the cave.
Into the cavern, human eyeballs need a few minutes to adjust.
And gingerly, one foot in front of the other, one can only hear their own breath, and the hollow footsteps of cautious shoes on the wooden planked platforms elevated above a pool of rain water.

Other than that, complete silence.

So still and dark, the water, one does not even notice it until nearly walking over the edge of the platform, casually guarded by loose ropes.

Mirrors strategically placed throughout the cavern faintly illuminate the maze of stone archways.
It’s not much, but it’s enough.

And as you delicately rock forward with each sound of your footsteps, you can’t help but think,
“This is the coolest art gallery I’ve ever been to.”

When the building materials are nature | exhibition in the Cisterns #cisternerne by the Japanese architect Hiroshi #Sambuichi | #copenhagen #denmark | #architecture #superarchitecture #architecturelovers #archilovers #denmarkarchitecture |

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