From 20 December, the 8-metre tall and 15-metre long artwork 'Work No. 2630 UNDERSTANDING' will light up the winter darkness in central Copenhagen. The artwork is put up by Roskilde Festival and calls for hope and understanding in a time that is difficult for many.

Copenhagen has a new temporary landmark.

8 metres high and 15 metres long, the artwork rotates and with its 13 red neon letters it forms a clear message: Understanding.

The initial plan was to present the work last summer at the cancelled Roskilde Festival no. 50. Now, it lights up the December darkness in Copenhagen as an artistic gesture to the public spirit we all show at the moment.

The piece is created by the world-famous and award-winning British artist Martin Creed, and it has previously been raised in Brooklyn, New York, with Manhattan's skyline as a backdrop.

A bright appeal in Copenhagen
From 18 December, you can experience the enormous artwork at Ofelia Plads in central Copenhagen, with the Royal Danish Playhouse to one side and the Opera House to the other. All along the harbour of Copenhagen, Copenhageners will be greeted by the illuminated appeal to show understanding of each other.

The installation is an interpretation of the iconic phrase peace, love and understanding, and the piece highlights the latter word because – according to the artist – it contains all three messages in one.

'Work No. 2630 UNDERSTANDING' has been raised by Roskilde Festival in collaboration with Creator Projects, New Carlsberg Foundation, The Augustinus Foundation, The Royal Danish Theatre and Jeudan with futher support from Hauser & Wirth and Gavin Brown’s Enterprise.