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A Dog in the Backyard

, 2000,
art
together with:
Barbara Dijkhuis
occasion:

item:
identity for an art project

business cards, letterhead, invitaion, stampe, poster and Scetchbook
content In 2001 Rotterdam was the Cultural Capital of Europe. A lot happened along the 'cultural axis' running from the Central station to the Maas river along the Westersingel. It was evident that the planned culture along this axis was not derived from the inhabitants and users of the area. The local street culture was absent. But what lies behind the facades lining this axis? A dog in my backyard focuses on the backside of the axis in search for intimate places in the shadow of the ‘cultural axis’. design It is important that the disparate elements of the entire project, including the aspirations and starting points of the 32 artists, are communicated clearly. The project thereby gets a 'face' and the individual projects become connected points in the urban fabric. As logo, Peter Bastiaanssen designed a stray dog that is used to link all the projects connected to 'A dog in the backyard'. This functions as symbol for the inquisitive, brutal and disconnected manner in which the 32 artists went to work. For each artist a project specific dog is made, relating to the ideas and aspirations of the particular artist. Each artist received a personal business card as communication medium to inhabitants and other related parties. Letterheads, stickers fill-in posters and invitations were also designed and distributed. ‘A dog in the backyard’ is immediately identifiable due to this campaign. All findings and discoveries are bundled in a sketchbook. Intimate, hidden zones and meeting places in the surrounding neighbourhoods of Coolhaven, Oude Westen and the Scheepvaartkwatier are spread through the book in the form an image essay. In this manner, an overview of small paradises in the form of streets, paths, niches, gardens, parks and courtyards is given.

Scetchbook

A Dog in the Backyard, 2001,
art
together with:
Barbara Dijkhuis
occasion:
art assignment
item:
paperback
Dutch edition
260 x 200 mm
192 pages
content In 2001 Rotterdam was the Cultural Capital of Europe. A lot happened along the 'cultural axis' running from the Central station to the Maas river along the Westersingel. It was evident that the planned culture along this axis was not derived from the inhabitants and users of the area. The local street culture was absent. But what lies behind the facades lining this axis? A dog in my backyard focuses on the backside of the axis in search for intimate places in the shadow of the 'cultural axis'. design All findings and discoveries are bundled in a sketchbook. Intimate, hidden zones and meeting places in the surrounding neighbourhoods of Coolhaven, Oude Westen and the Scheepvaartkwatier are spread through the book in the form an image essay. In this manner, an overview of small paradises in the form of streets, paths, niches, gardens, parks and courtyards is given. A selection of pages is shown.

Coolhaven

Platform of fame, 2007, Coolhaven Metro Station
architecture
together with:
Maarten Struijs, photography Rob \'t Hart.
occasion:

item:
series of panels
Cool Poem by Jules Deelder Haven of heaven Scheelt maar één letter Vandaar dat Coolhaven Voortaan Cool- heaven heet en de hemel voor het eerst in de historie voor iedereen direct per metro bereikbaar is content THE RET has been busy renovating the existing underground metro stations for a number of years. The metro station Coolhaven has been transformed into a permanent exhibition space. Several, especially Rotterdam buildings and projects of students and ex-studenten of the Academy of Architecture are exhibited. The platform is arranged as a `platform of Honor\'; a tribute to the (ex)students, but certainly also a tribute to the architecture of Rotterdam and surrounding. design The design is simple, large photographs with short descriptive texts. The composition of the photographs seems to reflect the skyline of Rotterdam. A panel with a pattern with narrowing arrows is placed in-between the photographs, as a connecting element, that also accentuates the movement of the arriving and leaving metro.