Witte de Withplein, Amsterdam
Commissioner: District Amsterdam West
District Amsterdam West sought an integrated artwork for meeting and relaxing at the Witte de With Square. They asked for two elements of the neighborhood to be included: characteristics of the “Amsterdam School” architectural style and a decorative Arabic idiom to symbolize the places of origins of the residents. The Amsterdam School style has a nice balance between geometric and organic form, and often plays with details in relief.
The Opkomer pushes a tile vertically from the grid, rotates it a quarter turn and enlarges it. The Opkomers not only escape the grid, they are also look for new connections and contact with each other and visitors to the square.