Bicycle and pedestrian tunnels, Drachtserplein, Leeuwarden
|Designer:||Jan van der Ploeg|
|Aannemer:||Andries Planting tiling company, Lemmer|
|Product:||glazed tiles, ABK tiles, approx. 10,000, 125 x 250 mm, white and monochrome colored, satin matt and high gloss|
The format, colour and composition play an important part in Jan van der Ploeg’s monumental abstract work. Symmetry, rhythm and repetition are the main elements of his design for these bicycle and pedestrian tunnels and the visual idiom of the four different compositions expresses great spatiality without using perspective. The clear and open structure of the tunnels makes it possible to view the whole image at once, but the complexity of the design is revealed when one passes through the tunnel at various speeds, either by bicycle or on foot, thus experiencing the work from different angles. The contrasts between the vivid Pantone colours, the broad vertical planes, the bands of tiles and the subtle use of matt and gloss tiles makes for constantly changing optical effects.