Untitled (1993) Peter Struycken
Struycken makes monumental work that forms a striking part of the public space or a building in the public space. The light gallery is one of five works that he realized in Rotterdam. The columns of the archive building, part of the architecture museum designed by Jo Coenen, are illuminated after sunset and change color every ten minutes. A computer program ensures that the red, green and blue lamps always show a different combination of primary and mixed colors. This lighting gives the passage something theatrical, where passers-by seem to become moving participants of the work in the evening. For more information: Sculpture International Rotterdam.
Peter Struycken (The Hague, 1939) studied at the Royal Academy of Art in The Hague. Since the 1960s he has been active as a sculptor, painter, computer artist and monumental artist. He is one of the founders of the Arnhem School for Environmental Design. From 1964 to 1976, he headed a specially established environmental art department at the Arnhem Academy of Visual Arts. He has designed environmental artworks for the whole of the Netherlands; in Rotterdam include a walled outdoor space for the Erasmus Medical Center (now disappeared) and the illuminated arcade under Het Nieuwe Instituut. He also contributed to the discourse, was active in committees and designed related works, such as color palettes for clients. He is also successfully active in other artistic disciplines. In 1981, for example, he made the famous pixelated postage stamp of Queen Beatrix. The computer and the idea of a mathematical and external logic are always a common thread in his work.