Schiphol Airport / Amsterdam / the Netherlands
Prix de Rome
wood / paint / security glass / curtain
226 x 420 x 280 cm
‘public cube’ is an artwork designed for the public space of
schiphol airport.the travelers and their local contacts play a central role
in the installation during their visit. the white cube forms a viewing box
placed in arrival hall 2, opposite the sliding door of the baggage claim
and customs area.
this is the spot where travelers finally "arrive" in the netherlands
and where families or friends are waiting to pick them up. the cube is intended
to be used artlessly without any effort by the public to become part of
visitors can enter the cube through one of the doors on each side, have
a seat inside and observe the sliding door through a glass wall that is
framing the images of arriving travelers. the sliding door, usually closed,
opens now and then, and creates a stage for people entering through this
"town-gate" of the netherlands. vice versa the waiting crowd appears
framed as one image within the white box as seen by the arriving passengers.
the aim of the cube is to introduce the artwork through ‘waiting’
on the one hand and ‘arriving’ on the other by recontextualizing
the visual experience.
with many thanks to:
prix de rome
Schipol Airport, Mr Chris Vonk