Kraka is the most northern of the 11 stars. It is located at the Vestre Boulevard - Nørre Boulevard roundabout. Kraka is related to Aslaug, located at the Rosenbakken-Nørre Boulevard roundabout.
The Kraka and Aslaug roundabouts represent the northern features of the 11 stars, therefore they are located northernmost. Kraka and Aslaug are women in the Norse mythology. Actually the peasant girl Kraka and the chief’s daughter Aslaug are one woman. When the two sculptures are put together, they form one silvery whole.
Kraka is a wise, beautiful, and resourceful woman from the Norse mythology. She is born the chief ’s daughter, brought up in a poor peasant family, and ends up marrying the Viking chief Regnar Lodbrog. When Kraka and Regnar Lodbrog are going to meet for the first time, he asks her a difficult riddle. She is to arrive neither clothed nor naked, neither satisfied nor fasting, and neither alone nor accompanied by anyone. Kraka solves the riddle by covering herself in a fishing net, biting into an onion and bringing a dog.
Kraka and Aslaug encourage us to see the world in a female and in a northern perspective. They may also make us think about what it is like to be whole. In addition Kraka encourages us to consider whether there is a surprising creative solution to an apparently insoluble problem.
“Kraka” was inspired by the brooches and ring castles of the Viking Age, the buckles of the Bronze Age, grave mounds, windswept places and Icelandic geysers the second before they spout.
At Jacob Jensen Design we have previously used the groove pattern in the Beogram 4000 from 1972. It is one of the industrial products in the world, which has gained most design awards.
Jacob Jensen Design
Nordea and Vils Entrepenørforretning A/S
N. Graversens Metalvarefabrik A/S
Material: Acid-proof glass blown steel sheeting
Total weight: 2886 kg
Diameter: 6,5 m
Height: 1,6 m
Total surface area: 145,75 m2