Sunday, March 22, 2009

Troll Smelling Christian Blood

This is a photo of one of the most controversial statues in Copenhagen. When created in 1901 by sculptor Niels Hansen Jacobsen it caused quite a stir because it was placed in front of The Church of Jesus in Valby and was called Troll Smelling Christian Blood. That just wouldn't do in the petit bourgeois of Copenhagen. The church was paid for by brewer Carl Jacobsen of Carlsberg who also commissioned the statue and he bowed to the pressure from his equals. The statue was then moved to the garden around Carl Jacobsen's museum Ny Carlsberg Glyptoteket where it stands today. A copy was made and placed at its original place in front of the church in 2002 to celebrate it's 100th birthday under similar protests that were largely ignored this time. A second copy is placed in Vejen as part of the Troll Fountain.