ZO OUD ALS DE WEG
Public artwork comissioned by the Municipality of Heemskerk and Beverwijk / Location: Broekpolder, at the intersection
between 'Laan van Archeologie' and 'Tacitus' / Mural, 268 x 252 x 277 cm, wallpaint on concrete / Completion 2009
This site-specific artwork 'ZO OUD ALS DE WEG' is a mural on the 4 outer walls of a KPN broadband distribution centre.
The title is an old Dutch expression meaning 'as old as the hills' or as 'old as Methusalem'.

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The little building is located at a busy intersection where cars, bikers and pedastrians of all ages cross paths.
Which is why I got the idea to gather phrases about roads. Residents of the Broekpolder area were invited to send in Dutch phrases containing the word 'de weg', meaning 'road'. More than 100 phrases and expressions were submitted for the artwork.




Above: ZOADW design, fade resistant inkjet print 32 x 32 cm. edition of 8
Left: work in progress + unveiling of ZOADW, may - june 2009

Thanks to Hans Blomvliet, Ton Talmon, Ellen Palsgraaf, Sanne Bruggink/Het Plot,
Jan Samson, Nanon Soeters, Joke Ruys, Gemeente Heemskerk/Beverwijk, KPN and all the people who responded to my call for Dutch phrases.