Trillende lente

2021
Heerlen, Países Bajos

“TRILLENDE LENTE” (Palpitant Spring) is a pictorial intervention that comprehensively covers the 18,000 m2 of the Aurora building, the largest social housing complex in the southern province of Limburg.

The project was devised and promoted by the Stichting Street Art Foundation as a banner of the new dynamics in which several city agents are working to move Heerlen away from the stigma generated during the years of depression caused by the closure of mining and the arrival of heroin between the 1960s and 1970s.

The project kicked off in November 2017 and has been completed in November 2021.
Throughout 2018, Boa Mistura held several neighborhood meetings to understand the site and develop different design proposals, which were presented, discussed, and voted on among the residents of the Aurora complex in April 2019.

Boa Mistura’s artistic intervention is integrated within a series of actions and air conditioning and energy efficiency reforms to improve the quality of life of the more than 350 neighbors living in the 228 apartments of the Aurora complex.

The project has been conceived and promoted by Stichting Street Art Foundation, with the support of Wonen Limburg.

Trillende lente | Boa Mistura
Trillende lente | Boa Mistura
Trillende lente | Boa Mistura

CONTEXT

Heerlen is the second largest city in the province of Limburg, in the south of the Netherlands.
Since the end of the 19th century, the city began to develop around the mining industry, which attracted thousands of people looking for work in the coal mines. The golden years of coal began to fade in the late 1950s, ending with the final closure of all mines between 1965 and 1975. This plunged Heerlen into a deep crisis which, together with the arrival of heroin, dynamited the social fabric of the city.

Today, the city is seeking to leave those dark years behind and reinvent itself through new dynamics that will take it away from the stigma generated during the depression years.

From neighborhood participation and citizen involvement, the project aims to provide social value beyond the artistic and generate an icon of the new dawn of Heerlen.

Trillende lente | Boa Mistura
Aerial photograph from Heerlen during the mid-50s.
Trillende lente | Boa Mistura
Historical image of the Oranje-Nassau I coal mine.
Trillende lente | Boa Mistura
Wreckage of the iconic chimney of the Oranje Nassau I coal mine on Agosto 21st, 1976.
Trillende lente | Boa Mistura
Front page of the local newspaper Telegraf. February 21st, 1987.
Trillende lente | Boa Mistura
Trillende lente | Boa Mistura
Trillende lente | Boa Mistura
Trillende lente | Boa Mistura

PARTICIPATION

Throughout 2018, we held several roundtables at the complex with neighbors to understand the site’s context.

These meetings focused interest on the very name of the complex, Aurora, linked to the new dawn to which Heerlen is heading.

After decades of prosperity, Heerlen was plunged into a major crisis with the cessation of the mining industry in the mid-1960s.

Today, the city is working to change the dynamics that followed that period of depression.

Trillende lente | Boa Mistura
Surveys carried out during the participatory days
Trillende lente | Boa Mistura
Post-it worskhop
Trillende lente | Boa Mistura
Comunnity polaroid workshop
Trillende lente | Boa Mistura
Color selection workshop
Trillende lente | Boa Mistura
Trillende lente | Boa Mistura
Drawing workshop

DISEÑO Y VOTACIÓN

“In the heart of all winters lives a palpitating spring.” We selected this phrase by the Lebanese poet Yibran Khalil to wrap the whole complex and represent the relationship between the past and the present moment of Heerlen. Throughout the half kilometer of the building, the typography is affected by different chromatic palettes, which transition from warm on the exterior façade to cold in the interior corridors that give access to the apartments. The proposal was agreed at a final meeting in April 2019.

Trillende lente | Boa Mistura
Initial design with the verse by Yibran Khalil.
Trillende lente | Boa Mistura
Design adapted to the unfolded façade of the Aurora complex.
Trillende lente | Boa Mistura
Detail of the warm color palette.
Trillende lente | Boa Mistura
Detail of the medium color palette.
Trillende lente | Boa Mistura
Detail of the cold color palette.
Trillende lente | Boa Mistura
Final design voting day.
Trillende lente | Boa Mistura
Election of the winner design.

PARTICIPATORY EXECUTION

The implementation was carried out between June and October 2021. During this time, the Boa Mistura team was joined, in addition to the local company Botterweck, by thirteen people from the work integration assistance program Weerk voor Heerlen, as well as a hundred neighbors of Heerlen who collaborated in several open days for citizen participation.

Trillende lente | Boa Mistura
Trillende lente | Boa Mistura
Trillende lente | Boa Mistura
Trillende lente | Boa Mistura
Trillende lente | Boa Mistura
Trillende lente | Boa Mistura
Trillende lente | Boa Mistura
Trillende lente | Boa Mistura
Trillende lente | Boa Mistura
Trillende lente | Boa Mistura
Trillende lente | Boa Mistura
Trillende lente | Boa Mistura
Trillende lente | Boa Mistura
Trillende lente | Boa Mistura
Trillende lente | Boa Mistura
Trillende lente | Boa Mistura
Trillende lente | Boa Mistura
Trillende lente | Boa Mistura
Trillende lente | Boa Mistura
Trillende lente | Boa Mistura
Trillende lente | Boa Mistura
Trillende lente | Boa Mistura
Trillende lente | Boa Mistura
Trillende lente | Boa Mistura
Trillende lente | Boa Mistura
Trillende lente | Boa Mistura
Trillende lente | Boa Mistura
Information and credits
  • Perimetral intervention of 18,000 m2
  • Exterior plastic paint on brick and concrete and enamel on metal.
  • Project conceived by Wonen Limburg, and Stichting Street Art Foundation
  • Funded by Wonen LimburgIba ParkstadStichting Art FoundationRabobankParkstad Limburg and the City of Heerlen
  • With the support of SikkensBotterweckMH RoadstylingBremanRD4Umabs 4.0Budget Home Store XXLAttenderYaskBalanz and Thibor
  • In cooperation with the Province of Limburg
  • Thanks to the Stichting Art Foundation team: Volmar Delheij, Peter Fransman, Lars De Kort, Lars Ickenroth and Fiedel van der Hijden for supporting Art as an element of social development.
  • Thanks to the Wonen Limburg team: Marti Van Daam and Geer Peters, Twan Vincken, Monike Holtackeers, Roeland Cleuren, Petra Veenstra, Gaston Quaedvlieg, and Helen Hillemans, for making this possible.
  • Thanks to the Werk Voor Heerlen team: Thomas, Toon, Maria, Ritchenel, Robbert, Shawn, Bjorn, Abukar, Jeffrey and Kristel, for your involvement.
  • Thanks to the Sikkens team, especially to Stefan Marutiak
  • Thanks to Thomas, Jonathan, Misha, and all the team at Botterweck
  • Thanks to all the OBVION volunteers.
  • Special thanks to all the neighbors of the Aurora building. Special thanks to Tatjana, Omatje, Leo, Eric, Amanda, Diego, Sabra and Farida, Raymond, Ingrid, Sara, Maurice, Jordi and Mireya, Cheef, Lee and Bart, for being our family during this adventure.
  • More information (in Dutch) at auroraheerlen.nl
  • Execution team from Boa Mistura: Irene García, María Corrales, Javier Ballesteros and Gregorio Buendía
  • Execution assistants by Werk Voor Heerlen: Thomas, Toon, Maria, Ritchenel, Robbert, Shawn, Bjorn, Abukar, Jeffrey and Kristel
  • Photography and video by Boa Mistura, Twan Vincken, Jonathan Widdershoven
I want to keep up to date
· Responsible: Boa Mistura SL. · Purpose: sending newsletter by subscription. · Storage: database hosted at SiteGround Spain S.L. · Rights: at any time you can delete your information.

Subscription confirmation

Thank you for subscribing. If you have not received a confirmation email, please check your “spam”. Remember that you can unsubscribe at any time.

For any other information: hola@boamistura.com