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Observatorium: Public Art for Public Spaces

Landezine talks to Andre Dekker, who, together with Ruud Reutelingsperger, Lieven Poutsma and Geert van de Camp, forms a public art collective Observatorium. In the video, Dekker gives a 30-minute-long presentation of some of Observatorium’s most recent and most important works.

Their artworks traverse the realms of urban planning, landscape design, architectural innovation, and artistic expression, reshaping sites with new meaning and atmosphere. Utilizing sculpture, architectural elements, and artistic installations, they produce multilayered situations that beckon visitors to engage both physically and intellectually.

Central to their approach is community participation and the spotlighting of the cultural importance of sites. They describe their body of work as marked by the juxtapositions of poetic/robust and iconic/hospitable, consistently integrated into the development of urban and natural landscapes.

Published on February 7, 2024