BLACK SUN Mural by World-Renowned Photographer Søren Solkær and Graffiti Legend Henrik Soten, 2021
For the last 25 years, Danish star photographer Søren Solkær has been portraying the world’s biggest celebrities such as Amy Winehouse, Paul McCartney, Björk, Pharrell Williams, David Lynch and Patti Smith. Now his new starling murmuration series is being portrayed onto the streets of Copenhagen. This is his first-ever mural depicting the natural phenomenon of starling murmurations, known in Danish as “Black Sun”.
The vision of the mural came to life by the graffiti legend Henrik Soten, who is known internationally for his street art and vibrant murals.
The giant artwork is a declaration of love to the city Søren has lived in since the mid-nineties, Copenhagen. It is also a part of a bigger celebration that marks the 100 year anniversary of Southern Jutland’s reunion with Denmark after being under German rule from 1864-1920. A celebration organized by the cultural festival, Golden Days.
The stunning imagery is chosen from Søren’s latest project, BLACK SUN (2020), and captures
one of the world’s most spectacular phenomena; the large murmurations of starlings that
Søren has been documenting for several years all over Europe, starting out in the landscape
of his childhood.
“I have spent five years photographing starlings when they gather in the spring and fall and
put on an incredible show of collaboration that looks like a veritable ballet of life or death.
This particular photo was taken in the Tønder marshland and the mural is located on Tønder
Street in Copenhagen. My vision is to present the citizens of Copenhagen to a magical
moment from my childhood’s marshland,” Søren
This is not the first time Søren ventures into the scene of street art. Back in 2012, he started on a three-year project, called SURFACE, photographing 160 of the world’s leading street artists and graffiti writers. A project that took him all over the world and resulted in a series of cinematic,
staged portraits, presented in a book and numerous international exhibitions.