This summer, Amterdam’s brand new mayor, Femke Halsema, opened the North-South metro line. Now some 73.000 travellers use the metro almost daily and enjoy its special art collection. Indeed, the North-South Line is a unique underground museum open to anyone with an ‘ov-chipcard’ (travel card). On Thursday 15th November, the last artwork of the collection was festively inaugurated: Sipping Colors by the Argentinian artist Amalia Pica in De Pijp Station.
The inauguration started with a special edition of Pica’s performance ‘Strangers’ (2008). The performance was on loan by Tate Modern that previously acquired the performance. It involves two people that have never met before. They stand ten metres apart, connected by a single string of brightly coloured paper bunting. A visual exploration of language and communication, Strangers dramatises the simple interaction in any communication between sender and receiver.
In her work for The Pijp Station, Amalia Pica let the colours of similar bunting trickle down the station walls. Pica considered it a special challenge to submerge the new metro station with the colours and movement of the neighbourhood where she once lived herself. Pica considers her work a success if travellers feel just a little bit lighter and happier when they walk out of the station without directly relating this to the artwork they just saw.
‘Strangers’ in De Pijp Station