Vesterbro Ny Skole wanted to renew the face of their building and brought in Copenhagen based artist Thomas Pålsson to make it happen. The final result was two large murals with content gathered from the last 3000 years of the history of the area.

Large scale mural by Thomas Pålsson at Vesterbro Ny Skole in Copenhagen Large scale mural by Thomas Pålsson at Vesterbro Ny Skole in Copenhagen

Diggin up 3000 years worth of history

Pålsson is driven by bringing history to life and letting his art tell local stories visually. He put a lot of hours into thorough research of the area and held inclusive meetings with local residents and historians. Based on his findings Pålsson designed a number of workshops for the students at the school, to include them in the project.

Large scale mural by Thomas Pålsson at Vesterbro Ny Skole in Copenhagen Large scale mural by Thomas Pålsson at Vesterbro Ny Skole in Copenhagen

Co-creation workshop

Pålsson knew that he wanted to combine the past, present and futures, so pårior to the workshop he printed out historical photos of the area as well as paintings, illustrations and the like and collected them in a pile representing the past. He did the same for the present, and for the future portion, he printed out a lot of sci-fi images and space-age illustrations. At the workshops, the students at the school created collages with the printouts he brought, thus experimenting with time displacements.

Students at the workshop Thomas Pålsson created for Vesterbro Ny Skole Students at the workshop Thomas Pålsson created for Vesterbro Ny Skole

Not just your average sized artwork

Past, present, and future are blended together, but the actual spot where the building is located serves as the thin red line that connects the narrative. Pålsson then used all the student-made collages in developing the final large scale murals.

Large scale mural by Thomas Pålsson at Vesterbro Ny Skole in Copenhagen Large scale mural by Thomas Pålsson at Vesterbro Ny Skole in Copenhagen

The two murals were drawn on aluminum panels and mounted on wooden strips to spare the old building

Large scale mural by Thomas Pålsson at Vesterbro Ny Skole in Copenhagen Large scale mural by Thomas Pålsson at Vesterbro Ny Skole in Copenhagen


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