A Day of Visiting Statues
Statues, statues, and more statues. This could be the theme of our day in Copenhagen today. We started out in what appeared to be a little known exhibition called The Lapidarium of the Kings. The concept of the exhibit is that over the centuries Danish kings used sculptures in public spaces, gardens, palaces, and castles to show power. Within 50-350 years outside though, statues fall into serious disrepair. Why then do statues sometimes look so perfect? This museum housed in what was once Christian the IV' brewery gave us a glimpse into the world that is statue restoration.
I spotted a gift shop near our hotel called Hans Christian Anderson. As I was admiring the bright red and blue wooden soldiers in their miniature sentries and some lovely wooden ducks wearing brightly painted Cath Kidston style rain boots with polka dots, I saw a man dressed in a dark suit wearing a top hat ready to read a book. He turned his head toward me so I scurried out of the store to avoid being trapped at story hour. On the way out I glanced back in the window and laughed to myself. It was an automated mannequin.
Tonight was a laundry night. We hiked about 20 minutes to find the launderette and thank goodness there was someone else there who could explain the process of getting soap, and operating the washer and dryer all from a central control panel with directions in Danish. It's late now, but back at the hotel people are strolling down the walkway on the water's edge to see the Little Mermaid. It's another statue and this one we'll see tomorrow!