AENEAS & APHRODITE - a project in the tunnel vision series
The surrounding area of this tunnel uses Ancient Greek figures as street names. This inspired the artists to infuse epic tales from Greek mythology into their artwork, combined with a modern touch that relates to the bikers and pedestrians that pass through this tunnel every day. Safety, bright colors and a nice feeling are key in this design, and were executed accordingly...
Tunnel vision. Typically, it’s something you usually don’t want to experience, unless it’s in the city of Eindhoven, the Netherlands…
Tunnel vision is a concept that takes a totally different approach than your regular layer of white paint: It joins artistry with public infrastructure. A great idea that creates a wonderful outdoor gallery feeling! Even late at night you feel a lot safer when passing through these usually dark and rather creepy-feeling areas.
The artist duo explains the concept behind the artwork: "Through the space"
(a reference to a concept about linear perception while walking into a tunnel-shaped object)
From the perspective of seeing this visual display while walking through the tunnel, it is important to remember that this artwork is perceived as a gallery. The viewers position changes constantly and light exposure flows from one state into another, from epoch to epoch, from one locality to another terrain. In fact, the specific perception of the picture in the tunnel is linear, comparable to an audio track. For an object with this shape, the importance doesn’t lie within the overall composition because the viewer can not perceive it entirely from one point of view. Knowing this, it would be better for the viewers eyes to flow from one composite mass into the next to feel the artwork as a musical composition.
The specifics of the tunnel in terms of lighting was also considered: when passing through, our eyes do not have time to immediately get used to the darker space after the bright street. Therefore, we used as much bright colours as possible.
For the basis of the drawing we took inspiration from the Ancient Greek myth of Aeneas and reinterpreted this to a modern story that’s closer to the viewer, translating the mythology into a more understandable form for modern urban planning (in a plain way, stylistically and aesthetically). At the same time traditional attributes of that epoch were revived – the patterns of the architectural order, ships, art, … – leaving those attributes unchanged, we changed their environment and interaction, allowing them to express their aesthetic potential from a new side.
It was quite a blast to paint this one, even though some days we had heavy rainfall and thunderstorms where the tunnel flooded up until our ankles. Russian artists seem to be used to ‘some weather’, so this was like a breeze.
About the artists
The Aeneastunnel is located at the Melpomenestraat 3 or Generaalpattonlaan 1 in Eindhoven, Noord Brabant (The Netherlands)
A word of thanks goes out to Ruud, our hero in need. He’s also responsible for the startup of these city-wide projects and literally takes care of everything. Furthermore: Thanks to Hoodo for being the most kind (and cutest, ha-ha) artists in the world, the entire two neighborhoods that passed by daily and gave us compliments non-stop.