Should you happen to be on the Dronning Louises Bridge after dark, walking towards Nørrebro, you might notice a large neon chicken on one of the rooftops on your right hand. This is the much loved Irma Hen, so loved that it’s even mentioned in a popular Danish song. It was put up in 1953 and as far as I know it is now protected. It did however have a bit of a makeover in 2014, where the word “øko” (eco) was added to its neon surroundings.
Originally it was an advertisement for the ecological and fair-trade oriented Irma supermarket that still exists today, and in fact is one the world’s oldest grocery chains, but over time it has assumed the status of a landmark for Nørrebro.
It was switched off for an hour for the very first time in 2009 during Earth Hour and is now turned off once every year in the same context, but otherwise shines its neon lights over Peblinge Sø every night.
Dedicated fans have made a site that can keep you updated on the number of eggs Irmahønen has laid so far (It only works at night when the hen is switched on).
In addition to being a local darling, Irmahønen is also very productive laying seven eggs per minute. Not many chickens can brag about that.