On the Jaarbeurs side of the train station there was yet another Nijntje on parade last summer. She had a view of the recently completed new town hall building. This splatter version of Nijntje (called Nijntje!) was by Jurriaan van Hall. His approach was like that of a toddler, tossing colorful plaster to create something between painting and sculpture, all the while paying homage to her playful character.
First up is the charming statue of Biru the chow chow, a sculpture by artist Joop Hekman. I had seen the other two dogs coming and had hoped that they would stop and give Biru a friendly sniff, but they were too distracted to pay attention to a dog of bronze rather than flesh and fur. I didn’t get the shot I wanted, but I was happy to get the shot I did.
The art scene in Utrecht is thriving and active, with numerous groups and individual artists doing their thing, be it traditional canvas painting or guerrilla knitting.
The CBKU, a non-profit art organization located on the Plompetorenacht, is active in promoting art of all types by up-and-coming artists in Utrecht. They’ve got Facebook pages, Twitter feeds, and they’ve got an online magazine, called Lucy. I came across Lucy today while following a link to an article about a recent gathering of artists who went out and made the city a little bit more artistic one recent Saturday night.
While looking through the e-zine, I came across what will be a recurring series: Zicht op Utrecht (View of Utrecht) by Nina Mathijsen. Every two weeks, the magazine will be posting aquarelle images of Utrecht, particularly its urban transitory construction architecture, as seen by illustrator and typographer Nina Mathijsen. The first of the series is posted above. I’m looking forward to following her interpretation of the city as it changes. What is shown in this first image is the area around Vredenburg, where the music hall is being rebuilt, and where one of the ring canals is returning. That whole part of town is a mass of construction, with the train station and the Hoog Catharijne shopping center soon to be joining in on the revamping. Tower cranes abound, giving tall competition to the Domtoren.