Sunday, July 3rd an installation has been build in Spaarndammerplantsoen. This park is surrounded by residential blocks belonging to the so-called Amsterdam School. In this expressive architecture, there is a wealth of forms which are arranged in a playful way. Wavy organic elements here are richly represented and contribute significantly to the expression.
The installation build in this park relates to this architecture but without being architecture itself.


Idea is that in an installation which is responsive to the Amsterdam School the use of bricks is a logical thing. The inventive use of bricks is in fact an important feature of this movement. Question was how bricks here could be used constructively in combination with the vertical blinds. The easy way would be that the supporting columns would consist of only bricks but there is chosen for another solution.  The bricks are stacked by placing cylinders of vertical blinds between them.The cylinders are the accretive points for the horizontal blinds of the shell. In this way height is gained rapidly with a minimum of heavy bricks. The blinds turned into cylindrical shapes can easily carry heavy bricks. In this way the bricks are playful incorporated into the light blinds structure. It also creates a visually appealing rhythm of brick / cylinder / brick / cylinder etc.
In the central column, this method is continued in quadruplicate. (Four cylinders and two brick), which results in a sturdy stable middle column. The stones are turned in different ways which support the overall dynamics of the flowing organic shapes in the installation.On top of the outer columns, the whole is rounded off with a tilted cylinder that is still present as constructive element. This is then continued in a rhythmic way as a decorative element and adds to the playful nature of the installation. The middle column ends on a sculptural way in which the use of stone and (empty)cylinders comes to a peak.Inside, the installation is mounted a horizontal layer in which so-called paisley shapes 'move' in different directions and create an dynamic appearance
The columns to the side are also used, in addition as a point of attachment for the horizontal structure, for the construction of a vertical structure. This consists of lamellas, which first point away from the installation , then flip over and walk back up to the middle column. At approximately half way here are added so-called paisly forms of different sizes which are also used in the horizontal layer inside

The whole creates a wonderful structure that harmoniously is inserted in the area particular because of the use of red bricks and white blinds which fit in well with the colors of the surrounding architecture and the green grass.


For the realization of this installation I cooperated in a pleasant way with assistant Ruslan Eliseev I want to thank him warmly for his commitment and creatively contribute to the realization of this work. Also thanks to the residents for the interest shown and offered help! More pictures of this work can be seen here or under the menu item "spaciously work '