Opening of the colorful Prins Alexanderplein

Hans Wilschut

Date: Thursday 6 September 2018
Time: 17.00 hours
Location: Prins Alexanderplein

The recently realized work of art by 6B - the blue and green Prince Alexander Square - will be officially opened on Thursday 75 September. The festive afternoon is also the kick-off for a long-term cultural program for young and old on the Prins Alexanderplein in Rotterdam.

Since July 2018 work has been underway on a metamorphosis of the Prins Alexanderplein, the center of Prince Alexander. The Heart for Prince Alexander Foundation was looking for a way to mark the square as the heart of this district and, together with CBK Rotterdam, organized a competition for a layout plan for the square. The main question was to think about the role of the water and the polder. Studio 75B won this assignment with a radical and colorful proposal that visually marks this part of the city as a polder, as the lowest point of the city, and as the heart of the neighborhood. "Color is needed to give this square color again. (…) Our design allows the visitor to be part of the artwork through an abstract translation of the polder and the water (green and blue) on the floor and on the wall”, Says Pieter Vos from 75B.

Opening program 6 September

16.30 hour: arrival at the square and a special welcome
17.00 hour: welcome speech by Carol Hol, board member of Stichting Hart voor Prins Alexander
17.10 hour: a short lecture on the square by Siebe Thissen, head of BKOR (Visual Arts & Public Space), CBK Rotterdam
17.20 hour: explanation by Hans Oosters, dyke graph of Schieland Water Board and Krimpenerwaard
17.30 hour: the artwork and the future of the Heart of Prince Alexander are toasted
17.40 – 18.30: a drink and a chat with music from Convoi Exceptional

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The process of the artwork, from competition to execution, has been developed and supported by BKOR, the Visual Arts & Public Space program of CBK Rotterdam. The cultural activities that the Heart for Prince Alexander Foundation is organizing on the square have already started, an overview can be found on the website of Prince Alexander Square.


Prins Alexanderplein