Phases - Russ in Eindhoven (NL)
Over 200 000 visitors each day. Quite a large number for just one mural, don't you think?
We teamed up with Russ, an artist from the south of France, and ventured to Eindhoven to work on two very atypical walls. Two surfaces of 75 meters length, at one of the busiest crossings in the city. In total we could hear up to 16 lanes of traffic passing by while working on this heavy concrete structure. The 45-degree slippery slope was also a challenge, but just after a few days you eventually become best friends.
Phases is a design originating from the hands of Russ, an illustrator, painter and in a far past a product designer. He created this piece to show us how life evolves.
This artwork is specifically made to fit with the specifics of the wall and the environment. Because of the high flow of traffic, its made readable for pedestrians, bikers and even the people in vehicles. The flow of shapes and the notion of circulation makes it easier to understand in this rather slim space.
If you would put the the walls next to each other, you can witness an opposite symmetry taking place. The natural elements like leaves and vines are in a constant movement of growth, with some in a young and growing phase, while others are nearing their end. This movement is amplified by creating depth through line-work and various oval-shaped objects, and of course the use of light versus dark colors in the pallet.
This artwork shows a matter and reality in a variety of representations: There is a scientific approach (elements such as particles, atoms, black holes…) which flows over to a more figurative way of visualizations (leaves, creepers, hairy entanglements, stars…). In short, you are immersed in a journey that travels from a microscopic world to the infinitely large.
"Phases" is part of a larger project called "Tunnel Vision", where overpasses, tunnels and similar structures are being transformed. It aims for a safer and pleasant experience for bikers and pedestrians that pass through these usually dark and uncomfortable places. On top of that, the artwork discourages vandalism like graffiti-tagging.
About the artist
Thanks to the city of Eindhoven for creating this opportunity for us, thanks to Jamal for always helping us out when needed, and thanks to the artist, Russ, for his perseverance, good mood and love for cheese and beer.
A special thanks to Gerken Hoogwerkers, who delivered the beautiful and shiny lift, custom fit with a large platform to make our lives easier.