Mural on the border of the Sphinxkwartier and Frontenpark
At the intersection Boschstraat/Frontensingel in Maastricht, you find a characteristic white former residential building. The white façade of this residence next to the new build of the Muziekgieterij is now adorned by a “mural” by artist Collin van der Sluijs. Paintwork started during the first week of April 2020. The mural provides the industrial and rugged Sphinxkwartier with a contemporary entrance that matches the cultural ambitions.
The mural by Collin van der Sluijs marks the transition from the cultural Sphinxkwartier to the rugged nature of the Frontenpark. In the first week of april 2020 Collin applied a large mural of a colourful Song Thrush on the white façade. The mural is framed by smaller elements that reach back to the Frontenpark and the industrial past of the Sphinxfactories.
Collin van der Sluijs joined forces with Jorn Gruijters (Maastricht Streetart). Collin and Jorn divided their tasks by strict planning to ensure that the work on the new mural was carried out safely, in accordance with regulations to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.
Collin van der Sluijs at work
Viewers vould follow the realization of the mural safely from home via a livestream provided by the Muziekgieterij. The livestream was supported by an MP-X track. Collin likes having viewers and appreciates comments. Sometimes he is even inspired by viewer’s suggestions. Followers were invited to share their ideas via Sphinxkwartier Maastricht and / or Maastricht Streetart. Of course, they also could share their inspiration with Collin and Jorn via Instagram.
Collin van der Sluijs lives and works from Maastricht. Within the Netherlands, he has already completed murals in The Hague, Nijmegen and, Heerlen among others. Outside the Netherlands, his work can be admired in Berlin, Chicago and recently in Tbilisi. In Maastricht, Collin van der Sluijs decorated the temporary building fence that used to surround the construction site of the underground parking facility in Wyck. Since April 2020 Collins’s work finally receives permanent acknowledgment in his home town.
Check www.collinvandersluijs.com for an impression of Collin’s work
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