The artist Olafur Eliasson remembers spending time in Iceland in his youth and seeing boats tightly filling up the old harbor of Hafnarfjördur, a town near Reykjavík, the capital. Packed together, the boats were “a sequence of spaces,” he says. “You could cross the harbor by going from one boat to the next, and every boat was different.”
That memory was one of the inspirations for the Danish-Icelandic artist’s latest project. Mr. Eliasson has just completed the fully functional, 131-foot steel Cirkelbroen, or circle bridge, in his hometown of Copenhagen (his Icelandic parents moved to Denmark before he was born). Pedestrians and bicyclists will use the bridge, which services the revamped inner-harbor area. The opening is Saturday.
Made up of five circular platforms of varying diameters, the zigzagging bridge protrudes slightly into the harbor, “allowing you almost to go into the water and look back on to the pier,” says Mr. Eliasson, 48.
Known for large-scale installations, Mr. Eliasson divides his time between Copenhagen and Berlin, where his studio includes a team of architects. In the U.S., he may be best known for his 2008 outdoor work, “The New York City Waterfalls,” which created four waterfalls around New York Harbor, including one near the Brooklyn Bridge.