“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.
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.
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.
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.
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.