Copenhagen’s Superkilen park has transformed a portion of the city into a multicultural celebration. The space mixes design elements from across the globe with futuristic high-art touches, including a massive public thoroughfare that is completely covered in bright pink geometry.
Located just north of the bustling city center, Superkilen park is found in one of the most ethnically diverse neighborhoods in Copenhagen—an aspect of the city that the park was created to celebrate.
The park itself is broken into three zones: the Red Square, the Black Market, and the Green Park. Each portion of the space lives up to its name. The Red Square covers a wide public walkway in angular neon pink, orange, and red shapes. The Black Market consists of black asphalt given texture by a series of tight white lines that curve and zag across the space, centered on a glistening black octopus that doubles as a playground. Finally, the Green Park is more of a traditional series of lawns formed into round shapes and natural blobs. The main theme of each section is presented in a stark, high-art motif, making it look like a psychedelic park of the future.
In addition to the large-scale design themes, the sections of the park are filled with benches, lamps, and features that have been taken from more than 50 countries. Here there are some benches imported from Brazil and a streetlamp from Iraq, there a trash can from England and a neon sign advertising a Chinese salon. All together, the park creates a sense of futuristic global culture coming together to mix and collide in one space.
The Superkilen park was opened in 2012, and continues to stand as a symbol not just of one Copenhagen neighborhood’s growing diversity, but the entire world’s growing interconnectedness. Also, the color pink.
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