What is the story behind the artwork?
Artist Roland Schimmel compares the walls of the underpass with projection screens: the landscape disappears and he/she enters a virtual world of colour. The walls become a screen on which a film is played. The landscape disappears and the traveller briefly enters an underworld. With his design, the artist creates a physical experience and transforms the walls into a screen on which a ‘film’ is played.
Schimmel considers the underpass as a short-cut. An intersection of space and time, comparable to splitting up a film into frames. At a speed of 50km the bus covers a distance of 13.88m (NB the average length of a city bus) and 57cm (1/24 sec) in a frame time.
Starting point in the design is the horizontal layering of the earth. Two complementary colour band are interrupted by a complementary afterimage. Due to the speed of the bus, the contours become blurry. This creates a disruptive effect, that has a stimulating effect at the same time. The underpass thus becomes a moment of transformation: it offers the possibility of a brief moment of wonder about one’s own perception.
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