The Gefion Fountain

This is the Gefion Fountain, captured on a dark and cloudy day in Copenhagen, Denmark. On days like this I like to shoot architecture and sculpture. The diminished light and dark contrast, evokes a moodiness in the form that is fun to visually play with. To enhance the look, I added a bit of a sepia tone and a lighter toned overlay to intensify the clouds. The heavy contrast really adds to the weight of this Norse Goddess creating and ploughing new land.

Below is an explanation of Gefion and the creation mythology behind the sculpture.

“According to an ancient legend, Gefion was the goddess who ploughed the island of Zealand out of Sweden. The Swedish king Gylfe offered the goddess Gefion as much land as she was capable of ploughing within one day and one night. A bit of Sweden Gefion received help only from four oxen. She had transformed her four sons into immensely powerful oxen and had them plough so deeply in the ground that they raised the land and pulled it into the sea. This is how the island of Zealand was created. The lake Vännern in Sweden approximately resembles the shape of Zealand, proving that there must be some truth in the story.”


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