[ "ELIA" IN BIRK CENTERPARK]

"ELIA" IN BIRK CENTERPARK

In 1989, Ingvar Cronhammar (1947-) came up with an idea for a work of art that was so costly to realise that 12 years passed before its final inauguration. Meanwhile, the budget had ballooned from 4-5 million Danish kroner to 23 million. "Elia" is, however, nothing short of spectacular: 380 tonnes of steel, a diameter of 60 metres, and four tall pillars. But not only is the work huge; it can do things! Every now and then a nine-metre gas flare shoots up, and if a bolt of lightning should strike the work, it will answer back with a thunderous rumble. However, most of the time "Elia" slumbers on peacefully.

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