About Maree Blok en Bas Lugthart
The visual artists Maree Blok and Bas Lugthart live and work in ‘Villa Mundi', their beautiful home and workspace in Onderdendam. Since 1990 they have worked together under the name Bloklugthart. Bas Lugthart studied at the Academie Minerva in Groningen and the Academie des Beaux Arts in Bordeaux in France. Maree Blok spent the final year of her studies at the Academie Minerva in Indonesia. Since they began working together they have frequently travelled to Asia, where they have worked on several major projects.
In their extensive oeuvre, Blok en Lugthart embrace the various developments in the visual arts of the time. Their exceptional works of art are characterised by a great variety of materials and themes, in which man always plays a central role. The monumental works are often specially designed for their location and are highly interactive with the observers and the environment. Increasingly, people are becoming directly involved in the creation of these works of art. A fine example of this is the impressive It Sil Heve (Gytsjerk) project in Friesland, which gained them national fame.
For this artwork, the last bridge on the Elfsteden route was completely clad in thousands of tiles glazed in Delft blue showing photographs of skaters who have completed the Elfstedentocht. Together, from a distance, these thousands of tiles form a new image of a row of skaters one behind the other, braving the wind and cold.