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Schubbenschimmen

Laser-cut zinc plated steel
Van Kietenstraat, Spaarndam
Realisation: 2013
Commissioner: Housing Ymere

The village of Spaarndam was a center of shipping and fishing for centuries before the watery landscape of North Holland was transformed into land. While Spaarndam’s rich history can still be felt in the old town, in this newly build neighborhood water no longer plays a dominant role.

With the fence, I wanted to continue the graphic line of the buildings’ facades and make a link to the time of water and fishing.

I looked for a transition, a structural swarm with an airy quality, to contrast with the enclosed buildings. The shimmering and elusive quality of fish scales had the graphic qualities I was searching for. It was a welcome surprise that Spaarndam’s coat of arms bears the image of three perch.

The Schubbenschimmen (Scale Ghosts) are constructed from V-shaped panels with angled ribs. The fences respectively 4.5 and 7.8 meters wide, have an integrated gate in a matching V-shape.