Separating roads (1986) Peter Jansen & Matthijs van Dam

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About the artwork

Past the Graskruid metro station in Prince Alexander, the metro line divides into Line A, direction Ommoord-Binnenhof, and Line B, direction Nesselande. The division of these lines lies in the middle of the green Albert Schweitzerplantsoen. Because the subways have to make a turn, they stick to a certain speed. Artists duo Peter Jansen and Matthijs van Dam have determined the colors of a V-shaped metal plastic, which is placed near the junction, based on that speed trend. Sixteen three-sided metal tubes, each of which are 7 meters high, have been placed in the park in two converging lines. The outward facing sides of the tubes are light gray with a signal yellow incision on the top. The other sides are orange-red and blue, colors that refer to the former color scheme of the RET and its metro sets. When the metro passes through the bend, a surface with white blue or red lines is created. Jansen also called these colored transitions a kinetic effect.

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About Peter Jansen

Peter Jansen (Amsterdam, 1938) is an environmental artist, painter, sculptor, graphic artist and photographer. He trained as a painter at the Royal Academy in The Hague. In 1961 he won the Royal Grant for free painting, in 1962 he won the Godon Prize and in 1963 he had an exhibition at the Gemeentemuseum Den Haag. From 1969 to 1985, Jansen was a teacher at the Academy of Visual Arts in Rotterdam. He was a pioneer in the use of computers in art education in the Netherlands and in 1988 he became managing director of the Utrecht School of the Arts at the art, media & technology faculty. Until 1998 he formed a duo in the field of environmental art together with Matthijs van Dam and they performed many art assignments.

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About Matthijs van Dam

Matthijs van Dam (Heemstede, 1943 - Amsterdam, 1998) was a sculptor, wall painter and environmental artist. Together with Peter Jansen, Van Dam to 1998 formed a duo in the field of environmental art and together they fulfilled many art commissions. They often made large steel abstractions with pastel or rainbow colors, twisted or tilted. Such as in The Hague near Holland Spoor and near the congress building on Scheveningseweg, as well as a color scheme for homes in Amsterdam.

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