CALL IN ALL LANGUAGES I LOVE YOU
Because it touches people’s hearts / It makes you stop and feel / It makes you stop and feel and deeply connect to another human being / This sign these words are a pretty strong message / probably the strongest message we have / It’s what shakes our foundations / It’s what makes us feel alive / It’s what changes everything in our world at the moment it’s been said / I love you
I lOVE YOU PROJECT – OUDENOORD – UTRECHT
Size: 9 x 1,80 m
The Big Heart on BABEL was just a warming-up that brought me to the next step. The Big Heart was definitely present, the metaphor in light was just too easy. It was almost graffiti. And this nagged at me as I saw it shine every evening.
And then all of a sudden it was there: don’t use a metaphor, say what you mean! So write I LOVE YOU in light. I was kind of stunned by this idea and found it hard to judge it clearly. Kind of scary, to put up such a prominent yet intimate expression. When I realized that I was afraid of what other artists would say of this, I immediately decided to do it.
I LOVE YOU PROJECT – KRAANSTRAAT – UTRECHT
december 2019-maart 2020
Realized in cooperation with the residents of the straat.The Kraanstraat in Utrecht is a cozy narrow street of 100 meters that has a very special place in my heart. My mother lived here for quite some years and I myself lived around the corner. Every year there is a street party for the neighbors where my mother would bake a large batch of breadpudding. She was way over 90 at the time. In remembrance of my beloved Mom, I’m donating my concept and cooperation to the street, to realize the 4 I love you light signs over the Kraanstraat in the winter 2019-2020. With thanks to the city of Utrecht (Het Initiatievenfonds), SSH, K.F. Hein Fonds and D-O-K, Chris van de Berg
I LOVE YOU PROJECT – CONCORDIASTRAAT – UTRECHT
Concordia Creative Industries Building No.1
With thanks to Radboud Spruit and Marjolein van Wijk who took 3 Syrian refugees under their care, through which I got to work with them quite frequently. This light project was made in cooperation with the Syrian refugees Mahmoud al Faraj en Mohamad Zrek under direction of Annemarie Steinvoort. 3 I-love-you’s made in Surinamese, Arabic and Dutch.