‘Beautiful. This shows what can be achieved with art to turn a metro line and its stations into liveable areas.’ ‘Slowly but surely it all becomes clear: we will have the most beautiful metro line in Europe.’ Just a few of the reactions on the website of the Metro & Tram Service about the North-South Line, where pictures were recently placed of Gerald van der Kaap’s almost completed artwork for Europaplein Station.
I want a permanent wave / Ich möchte gern eine Dauerwelle / Ik wil graag een permanent. This sentence from a travel dictionary forms the starting point of Van der Kaap’s (1959) design for Europaplein Station. He started working on a design that would strongly influence the atmosphere in the station, where Europe is a central theme. The design’s rhythm is dictated by the sentence I want a permanent wave and a film-like scenario.
Recently, Véronique Baar and Gerald van der Kaap were on location with the art project team to assist to the mounting of the glass tiles in which the artwork has been made.
Artwork Europaplein almost completed