Art in infrastructural projects is developed through commissions. Scale and access distinguish these projects from art commissions in closed or semi-public buildings. The public that comes in contact with these projects is larger, more diverse and literally, on the move. There is less time and space to experience art. At the same time, art can greatly contribute to the experience and inspiration of a particular area or route.
When it comes to the realisation of art in infrastructural projects, QKunst takes on content supervision or project management. In the first case, the focus is on the concept, the artist selection, the assessment of the designs together with the commissioner, and guiding the artist. In the second case, the whole process is taken care of and the commissioner is completely unburdened.
The City of Amsterdam granted us the commission for the artistic guidance of eight artworks in the stations of the North-South line: developing the theme and the commission per station, making a first artist selection and guiding the chosen artists up until completion of the works. During six years, we operated as a vital link between the municipality, de advisory commission (with representatives of transportation services GVB, architecture agency Benthem Crouwel, the Amsterdam Art Council, Stedelijk Museum) and the architect, contractor, suppliers and artists.
Due to the size of this project, we have made a separate page on our website with detailed background information. We have also selected some press articles about the project (mostly in Dutch). There is also a publication, a brochure, and sometimes we give a lecture or a tour; please check our news page.
The Department of Waterways and Public Works, the Province of Utrecht, the municipality of Houten, the municipality of Nieuwegein and Recreatie Midden-Nederland have taken the initiative to realise an artwork along the A12, near Laagraven and on the grounds of a recreation area managed by Down Under.
The work will bring the attention of the 225.000 drivers using the A12 daily, the cyclists and hikers coming from the neighbourhood of Lunetten and the recreational athletes and festival visitors in the area itself to the special history of the New Dutch Water Line that for now is still enclosed in the landscape. This heritage might become UNESCO World Heritage in 2020, as an extension of the Defence Line of Amsterdam. QKunst supervises the process, which is currently in the design stages.
On the flanks of a tunnel for cyclists, hikers and drivers, near Vechten, an artwork is to arise. The tunnel lies at the crossroads of the New Dutch Water Line and the Roman Limes. The commission is to turn the tunnel into an experience portal to this unique area.
The artwork is part of a larger plan to make the area around the tunnel and the tunnel itself safer and easier to access. Bart Lunenburg is currently further developing his design, which revolves around the relation, the scale and the sculptural value of the man-made buildings of the Limes and the Line in the immediate surroundings of the tunnel.