Between the Lines

A mysterious red glow moves sporadically through the operator’s cabin of an old crane located next to a warehouse complex. Would someone be working there? And if so, with what?

Perhaps with managing Har Hollands’ light lines, which mimic the construction of the crane’s arm. The soft yellow lines light up alternatingly and together form a variety of spatial patterns. They disrupt the structure of the crane as we know it in a surprising way, and suddenly transform the old industrial monument into a work of light art.

With Between the Lines Holland demonstrates that the crane can be much more than a retired machine. For Hollands, elements and rhythms in urban constructions, which often go unnoticed in our day to day, form the basis of a magical play of light. The city comes to life in a new way in ‘the domain of the fantasy’, as Hollands beautifully describes the night.

About the artist

Har Hollands (1956) studied Architecture and Urbanism at the Eindhoven University of Technology. After graduating, Holland worked as a light designer for Philips Lighting for fourteen years. In 1998 he founded his own studio ‘light architecture’: Har Hollands Lichtarchitect. With his light designs for, among other things, historical buildings, industrial heritage, civil engineering works and public spheres, Hollands not only wants to make places, building and object safer, but also add an extra dimension to their meaning. Hollands also creates autonomous light installations, and between 2010 and 2015 he curated the festival GLOW in Eindhoven.

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