Rudolph Tegner's water sculpture stands as a life-affirming oasis at the edge of Elsinore's old town on the road to Kronborg. The Danserindebrønden was originally placed in 'Kongens Have' in Copenhagen, but the piece was moved to Elsinore in 1933.
The morning sunlight glimpses off the chimneys of the roofs on the old shipyard, and down on Danserindebrønden. The sharp rays of sunlight gives the fountain in the centre a glow, one that almost seems alive. The water shoots upwards in a jet that nearly dances during its ascent in the morning breeze. Then it falls and hits the interior bronze basin with a metallic sound. Nice try.
Even illuminated by the glow of the sun, the fountain can not catch the dancers’ attention and ask them for a dance. For their attention is directed at their own beautiful movements. ”Holding each other’s hands in a lively, almost frisky dance”, as brew master Carl Jacobsen had willed it when he decided to immortalize the ballet in the form of a sculpture in 1910.
It was Rudolph Tegner who was given the honour of fulfilling the brew master’s wishes, and the 6th of July 1913, Danserindebrønden was erected in Kongens Have in Copenhagen. At that time the sculpture was equipped with neither fountain nor the subjacent basin. Both the press and Rudolph Tegner himself was dissatisfied with the unfinished appearance of the work of art. In 1915 Danserindebrønden was moved towards Sølvgade, and to the disappointment of Tegner, plans to install a fountain were now scrapped entirely.
Instead Tegner contacted the mayor of Elsinore, Peter Christensen, in the hopes that he might bring Danserindebrønden to his town. When The New Carlsberg Foundation also wanted to be rid of the unfinished sculpture, it did not take much convincing before the mayor was gifted the sculpture, and in 1933 Danserindebrønden arrived at Elsinore. Five years later the sculpture was equipped with its subjacent basin, so Danserindebrønden finally could become a water sculpture as originally intended.
Today Danserindebrønden can be found at the corner of Kronborgvej and Allégade, and there it has been since 1941; situated in its own small park in stark, graceful contrast to the square factory buildings in the background and surrounding streets. Here the three dancing women welcome thousands of passing tourists each year, on their trek up to Kronborg. They welcome the citizens of the city, who can sit on the benches surrounding the fountain. And they welcome the year’s new freshmen students, who every summer ask the dancers for a dance.
Danserindebrønden can be found at the corner of Kronborgvej and Allégade in Elsinore. It was created by Rudolph Tegner in 1911-12.
Height: 298 centimetres
Width: 306 centimetres