Coated lasercut steel
Houthavenpark & Spaarndammerstraat
Commissioner: city of Amsterdam
Art Advisor: Fool on the Hill
The Spaarndammerbuurt is expanding with the new neighborhood Houthavens (wood port). The expansion is the reason for this art commission.
By literally overlaying layers and letting them interfere I want to show the beauty of change. In this I use the moiré effect. Moiré is an optical illusion; if two similar patterns overlap in a certain way, our brains create a new pattern. It is not really there but it’s what your brains make of it. The moiré pattern that is formed depends on the viewing angle. It therefore seems to move when you move past the pattern.
The IJ River is my inspiration here. Water is very meditative; every day in motion, different every day. I love to look at the waves; how they come together and interfere with each other. It is precisely this ongoing movement that brings peace to the hectic pace. Continuous flow, continuous transformation and interference are therefor starting points in my design.
Where the two neighborhoods meet I will place a long bench. The long bench symbolizes the water that stood here for decades on the former dike (When the IJ was still part of the sea) and is placed over an already planned concrete soil-saving edge.
At the entrance of the Spaarndammer neighborhood, I will place ‘streaming’ moiré panels at the railway underpass. They will lead you into the new neighborhood and make the nearby river tangible.