Just returned from Zeist, Holland at the weekend, taking part in the Steynfestijn Festival (4th September 2010). A great event really although dodging the bicycles on the street was a bit ‘hairy’ at times….I nearly got knocked over a few times. The Dutch are just mad about their bikes, mind you, it is perfect cycling country….not a hill in sight!
The language of art is universal…..so we decided to create this ‘street poem’ using pictures or pictograms…..people could make up their own story and interpret themselves what the meaning was!
This is one interpretation somebody told us…….”there was a young girl from Zeist who locked her heart inside a crystal ball, the day her true love came to call……together they charmed the birds from the trees and the cat from its cradle, ghostly and pale they sailed together in a dream….if you look in the river, at the space between the sun and the moon…….you’ll see them flying”
To me, Zeist seemed to be a laid-back well healed kind of a place and I found the Dutch themselves to be a very cultured, if reserved kind of folk. Initially resistant to getting involved in street art but as the day went on and they saw what we were up to they seemed to loosen up.
There was some great street art and rare talent on display at Steynfestijn Festival and I’ve included some examples on the video 🙂
Lots of big country houses and estates in and around Zeist, we particularly liked ZEIST HOUSE, completed in 1686 and the former home of Willem Adriaan van Nassau van Odijk…..must have been a dandy then 🙂
When we finished our work at Steynfestijn we decided to take a look around Zeist House and have a coffee in the grounds only to stumble upon this Classic car rally organized by the Armstrong Siddeley (make of car!) Dutch owners club as part of the 1st Dutch National Day 2010. I’m not really into cars but these did look splendid outside Zeist House.
Great place Holland….and I hope we return soon!
Many thanks to Peter Westerink of planetstreetpainting.com and Annemiek Verstappen of Centrum Zeist for making it happen and inviting us over to Holland….it was a great gig 🙂