in progress: an art project for the Tapijn by Martijn Sandberg
in progress: an art project for the Tapijn by Martijn Sandberg

Martijn Sandberg is currently creating a work of art "MAKE LOVE NOT WAR" that responds to the context of the location. The visual language of which is directly related to the characteristic environment and history of the area of ​​the Tapijnkazerne. It is specifically designed to be integrated into the pavement of the main path, which is located in a park-like - both "green" and "army green" environment.

Visitors, students and residents of the city walk in the public rustic park of Tapijn. A pattern of letters appears from all kinds of different angles in the pavement of the main path, which forms part of the campus of the university, the city park, the redesign and transformation of the Tapijnkazerne Maastricht. Step by step a " music score" becomes visible under our feet, from far and near.

The scripture sounds like an infinite song, that literally and figuratively appeals to everyone and at the same time connects the history, the present and the future of the place. A canon for the campus and the barracks, a resounding 'chorus' for Tapijn, of all times - from yesterday, for today and tomorrow - that, ambiguous and multiple, is written in stone:' Make Love Not War, Make Love Not War, Make Love '.

The artist implements this art work "Make Love Not War", with letters in stone together with recycled bricks in the main path.

About the work of Martijn Sandberg                                                                                                        The work of Amsterdam based visual artist Martijn Sandberg (1967) constantly explores border areas, such as the tension between text and image, illegible into legible, the private and the public domain. ''I make image messages, image is message is image.

The direct relationship between the image, the material that carries the image and the environment is also expressed in its location-specific works in public space and architecture.


Mieke Derickx

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