The National Gallery of Denmark has right in front of its main entrance a round water basin. It is not a particularly interesting feature, particularly in a city that is already so rich in enticing water plans and ways, mirroring the vast Northern skys and etched by the prevailing winds.

Luckily, like so often is the case in Paris’ public parks, sleek pastel-colored metal chairs that people could freely move around had recently recently been added..

 

When I was asked what could be done to make more attractive this somewhat incomplete space, where land and water felt unconnected, I had only a brief hesitation.

The weather was splendid that June late afternoon: I took off shoes and socks, I rolled up my trousers and distributed the chairs into the shallow water as I felt best.

Half an hour later my new arrangement was complete.

 

Small and larger groups of people and chairs, facing each other or turning their backs, suggested a number of “situations”. These became “stories” in the making, and were quick to progress to the next chapter as young people did as I did, entered the basin and rearranged the chairs according to their liking.

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