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Under Cherry Trees

131 Warme Centen Project

Think First Eat Later

Golden Woods

Watching The River Flow



Rejecting the passive observation of the 'viewer',the commodifying gaze of the 'consumer',the stylized participation of the 'spectator'.

Critical reader in contemporary art / BAK 2015

Experiencing the quality of a place physically. To find out what a location requires, highlighting that. Adding findings, so that what is already present strengthens the identity of the place.


Purpose: To tempt passers-by, visitors and users to be receptive to their constantly changing environment.

The starting point is the realization that everything we observe is part of a larger whole.


A place of 'seeing' is a layered and meaningful given in which nose, ear and eye for 'what is going on' is indispensable. The challenge is to make this stratification visible.


Due to advancing technology and the collective reinforced call for safety, the public interest is increasingly entering our private domain. Our hyper individual capacity is mapped per second and processed into data. Ready to be translated for interchangeable goals.

This invisible process results, among other things, in how the public domain is designed.

Dialogue and exchange of ideas and desires are skipped in the design of these shared spaces.

As a result, the all-important 'imaginary' is increasingly losing ground.

One of the results is that people have started to feel less involved with the place where they live


However, public space is not an isolated entity. Just like that private sphere does not exist as a separate entity. Both are continuously recreated. One from interpretations of data, the other from bodily needs and desires.

That is what our conversations with clients and other stakeholders are about. In order to give signs in the public space based on the hyper individual experience of what life is.


Collaboration with clients, architects, residents and visitors / passers-by is essential in order to find out which signs are relevant for a particular location. In order to get a clear picture from dialogue and interaction with our surroundings.


Under Cherry Trees

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Gathering House Veenendaal Oost houses 3 primary schools and a sports hall.

"What does the place look like where people like to meet each other" was the starting point for the design of this graphic representation. The image plane is illuminated from behind by LED lighting. Each calendar season has its own color range. The light choreography creates subtle color shifts, making the image continuously evolving.

The image area at the rear of the Meeting House is only visible during the day and is completed by the row of trees near the bicycle path along the building. Here too a picture that changes over time, but now due to the influence of the seasons on the trees.





In collaboration with:

Municipality Veenendaal, 2014

Gathering house, Veenendaal  East

Metal Art Punch, LED light

Front:    10.5m x 7.0m

Rear facade: 11.0m x 7.0m

Arletta Kaper & LKSVDD Architecten


131 Warme Centen

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Beverwijk municipality wanted to enrich its inhabitants with a gift in the form of a work of art to celebrate the opening of the new town hall.

But who would pay for that gift?

Those were the residents of Beverwijk themselves. Via the general tax.

Converted € 1.31 per capita.


Assignment description:


In cooperation with:

Beverwijk Municipality, 2012

A material and/or immaterial art application that will contribute to promoting / strengthening contact between residents and the board of the municipality

Arletta Kaper, residents of Beverwijk, Primary School De Vrijheit, Het Kennemer College, Henk Hofman, Marihuela Belt, Board Beverwijk.

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Purpose of the 131 Warm Centen Project:

Start a conversation with the residents of Beverwijk about what they consider valuable. For themselves, for each other and for their city.

The first part of the art project consisted of a campaign, video viral, flyers, posters and radio interviews in which the residents of Beverwijk were informed that € 1.31 would be spent on the art project on their behalf.

Residents who, for whatever reason, disagreed with this contribution were give the opportunity to collect 'their' share

The 971 inhabitants who made use of this possibility were addressed one by one. Some of the conversations that have arisen can be reduced to not being heard.

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The remaining work budget in the smallest currency, € 0.01, on display in the public hall

14.000 Kg

300cm x 1200cm x 60cm

Steel with a little copper

Permanently monitored

At the same time as that mountain of money was in the council chamber from the town hall to see 1,200Kg potatoes. No additional security restrictions were imposed here. Potatoes were a gift and then brought to the food bank.

During the entire process, photos related to the project were exhibited in the public hall. Like the account of the extra guarding of the 14.000 Kg steel with a littlebit of copper.

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In the second part of this project, we sought cooperation and suggested forms of inspiration in addition to the "Do-But-Just" quality of Beverwijk, the importance of reflecting on dreams, wishes, ideas and ideals, in short that which is of value eight, to make current.

Theater performance for residents.

Storytelling workshop for Board & Board.

Workshops for primary school teachers De Vrijheit. And developed and taught two series of lessons for the elementary school and graduation students of the Kennemer College.

Five exhibitions in the public ha

Also the art initiatives already very active in Beverwijk invited to re-examine what they want to stand for, what they would all like to do and have at their disposal. Also invited them to make their findings visually known in the public hall of the town hall.

During the entire process, photos related to the project were exhibited in the public hall. Like the account of the extra guarding of the 14.000 Kg steel with a littlebit of copper.

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In memory of the 131 Warm Centen project and as an invitation to make work of Dream, Wish, Desire, we installed a work of art entitled De Onderstroom in the public hall of the town hall.

Above the heads of the waiting visitors in the public hall of the town hall, a bronze pedestal crouches the Kantelaar, a human figure who imagines the thoughts present in the space with outstretched hands.

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Through the agency of De Kantelaar, the thoughts of the visitors temporarily become rudimentary shapes that find their way along the walls to the counters and the council chamber, where they influence the conversation between residents and counter staff and the political debate.

The rudimentary forms that wander around the council chamber and refer to dreams, wishes and desires of the visitors to the town hall that could have positively influenced political decision-making have been given a new destination as a business gift.

At the request of the clients, the placement of the rudimentary forms on the public counters for safety reasons omitted


Think First

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THFL is an initiative from 2012 of the Advisory Committee on Visual Arts & Design of the municipality of Zaanstad. It wanted to give a boost to exploring new opportunities for creative entrepreneurs and artists to offer the food industry its specific expertise and to exchange knowledge and opportunities.

The assignment was: Development of a visual story about the essence of food packaging, with a special focus on keeping out light and moisture.


Receiving party:



In cooperation with:

Zaandam Municipality, 2015

Hellema  Packaging

Giclee printst

80cm x 53cm

Advisory Committee on Visual Arts, Municipality of Zaanstad


Golden Wood

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In collaboration with:

De Leo Stichting, Kunst & Bedrijf, 2008

Stichting Communjon / LSG Rentray / Intermetzo Almelo

Photoprint 27m x 8m, 14 ceramic objects, 7 felt and suede objects,

1000 ceramic 18 carat gold-plated walnut shapes, soeundinstallation.

Arletta Kaper & LKSVDD Architects Hengelo

Commujon / LSG Rentray / Intermetzo is a care institution in Almelo that helps children aged 8 to 18 years who are placed away from home to get their lives back on track. In order to harmonize well with the experiences of these vulnerable residents, we worked together with the children who lived at Commujon during the design phase.


Golden Wood is a multi-sensory work of art. Sound, smell, texture, sight, weight.

Upon entering the building, the visitor is welcomed by bird sounds that occur in the Netherlands.

The diagonal in the wall-filling landscape photo enhances the experience of the lazy staircase that the children use every day.

The 7 animal-like felt and suede shapes made in Mongolia are "Stray animals" who are on their way to a home and can be moved by the inhabitants of Commujon. In practice, these strays quickly found a place in the therapy room where they sometimes killed again represented the victim.


The 14 partly glazed ceramic objects are "core seeds" that can grow to maturity under favorable conditions and are intended to be touched so that a physical imprint can be created.


This work of art offers supervisors of the Commujons the opportunity to take various parts of the work as a reason for awareness of their own abilities and what it takes to let that own ability flourish.


Watching The River Flow

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In collaboration with:

O.S.G. Singelland College, Drachten / Kunst & Bedrijf /  2005

Fotoprint 27m x 8m, 14 keramische objecten, 7 vilten en suede objecten,1000 keramische 18 karaats vergulde walnootvormen, geluidsinstallatie.

Team 4 Architecten, Groningen 

The top series of "Watching the River Flow" is 27m x 1.72m and shows a collection of models that were drawn at the Rijksakademie van Beeldendend Kunsten.

The series of images below of "Watching the River Flow" is 27m x 1m and shows 26 fragments from everyday life.


"Watching the River Flow" represents two layers of experience: The ratio and the feeling.

Students who use the corridor of the first floor to walk from one building to the other will only see parts of the overall picture through the length of the artwork and add color to the black and white ceramic screen printing  pictures.


The top part of the work is best seen from the central hall below.

The bottom part of the work is best seen on the first floor when you walk past it



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Assignment description: Compensate the mismatch of the pillars in relation to the height of this underpass.


Solution: Play with the human dimension by displaying blades of grass in an enlarged way and varying the height of the panels. Passers-by experience the perspective of a reed warbler because of the ratio of the grass to their own body size.



Municipality of Diemen, 1999

12 Steel panels, 2mm thick tritone enamel screen printing

320cm x 90cm each



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With the four photographic images, MattievanderWorm reacts to this specific place, where travelers move away from and to the station. People come from somewhere, but are not yet where they want to be. To this ordered chaos of movements of man and vehicle, he wanted to take a step back.


From: Public art day. Edition SKOR / RGD 2001





Leiden Central Project, 2000

Joop Wallenkamp Tunnel, Central Station, Leiden

Tritone enamelled screen printing

270cm x 200cm


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