Aarhus landmark to go dark during winter nights

Aarhus’ flagship art museum Aros is to switch off its rooftop rainbow installation at during due to the ongoing energy situation.

Aarhus landmark to go dark during winter nights
Aarhus museum Aros is to switch off its rooftop rainbow installation at night this winter. Photo by Steffen Muldbjerg on Unsplash

The Your Rainbow Panorama, designed by Danish-Icelandic artist Oliafur Eliasson, is one of the most recognisable sights in Aarhus and usually glows on the rooftop of the Aros museum during the darker months.

That will not be the case this winter with the museum deciding to cut the rainbow’s lights amid soaring energy costs for individuals and businesses, local media TV2 Østjylland reports.

“At Aros we want to contribute with everything we can with regard to the ongoing energy crisis and the general adaptations,” museum director Rebecca Matthews said in a statement, according to TV2 Østjylland.

“We have, as such, already implemented several measures and are now looking into addition ways of optimisation throughout the museum,” she said.

The rainbow, which is placed 3.5 metres above the museum’s roof, can be seen from much of the city centre. Visitors to the museum can walk around the inside of the rainbow, which has a circumference of around 150 metres.

The installation was scheduled to be switched off from midnight until 6am on Friday, breaking its regular night time illumination which began in 2011.

Aarhus has already confirmed a number of other energy-saving measures this winter. Christmas lighting will be cut back in November and December compared to recent years, while the outdoor skating rink usually operated by the city has been cancelled.

Department store Salling, which uses has one of the city’s most prominent Christmas light displays, has said it will not have Christmas lighting on its building this year.

The government earlier this month announced energy saving measures at public buildings and asked local authorities and businesses to take similar steps.

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Danish municipalities make savings with heat reductions 

Local authorities in Denmark have benefitted from blanket measures taken to conserve energy and thereby prevent huge bills, according to a media report.

Danish municipalities make savings with heat reductions 

Beginning in October, almost all Danish public buildings, from schools to town halls, turned the thermostat down to 19 degrees in an effort to save on energy costs.

Some municipalities generated savings much higher than expected. 

Municipal buildings in Tårnby near Copenhagen consumed 20 percent less in October 2022 compared to October 2021, even after compensating for this year’s mild autumn, DR reports.

Fredensborg in northern Zealand has seen a 45 percent drop in consumption compared to October of the previous year. 

“There are blankets here at the town hall if there is anyone who thinks that it is too cold at 19 degrees,” Fredensborg mayor Thomas Lykke told DR.

“People are doing breaktime calisthenics and wearing finger gloves, so we try to keep warm, but I don’t see it being a problem for our employees,” he said.

READ MORE: Energy prices in Denmark rise as winter weather sets in 

Schools in Jutland towns Haderslev and Esbjerg used 21 percent less district heating in October compared to last year.

Although the first official month of winter is only just beginning, Haderslev mayor Mads Skau said he was confident local authorities would be able to cope with the energy situation through the coldest months.

But the town would be lenient if children and staff began to feel the cold, he said.

“When it gets colder outside, it’s probably lovely to come in to 19 degrees, and if there are problems then we will also turn the other cheek if individual places adjust upwards a bit,” he said.