The pink viaduct (2009) Transister

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About the artwork

The project Graffiti Brilliants was an initiative of the then alderman Lucas Bolsius to give graffiti a chance to flourish creatively throughout the city. In 2009, a place for a graffiti brilliant was designated in Kralingen-Crooswijk: the gloomy viaduct on the Oostzeedijk Beneden under the Willem Ruyslaan. Commissioned by CBK Rotterdam and dS + V, the artist duo Transister made a design that literally takes the term graffiti brilliant: this artwork shines in color. Transister, aka Hanneke van Leeuwen and Nelleke Boerkool, made a total design for the viaduct and the surrounding area. The formerly gray underpass was completely painted and even the nearby tram stop was involved. The ceiling is pink, the pillars are hand-painted with ornamental patterns and the sloping walls have panels with youth portraits of local residents. For this, Transister contacted local residents and asked them for youth photos. A number of photos were given by residents of the nearby service apartment, who visited Transister. These portraits provide an image of youth then and now. The time differences are evident from the clothing, but there are also similarities that make it a dynamic, youthful and radiant group portrait. It is not for nothing that youth is a subject in The pink viaduct, which was made during the youth year of Rotterdam 'Your World'. The project is produced by Mothership.

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About the artist

Artist duo Transister, consisting of Hanneke van Leeuwen and Nelleke Boerkoel, made a makeover in 2009 of a dark viaduct in Kralingen with a style of glam and pop culture. Van Leeuwen studied photography at the KABK in The Hague. Boerkoel is active as an illustrator under the name Robin Duister for various clients, represented by Shop Around. The Transister duo have been active from 2006 to 2010.

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Oostzeedijk Beneden, RotterdamKralingen-Crooswijk, Netherlands