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“Song Thrush” by Collin Van Der Sluijs and Jorn Gruijters

May 19, 2020
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For understandable reasons, the streets were significantly more quiet in recent weeks/months but still, some mural projects did take place at certain places. Taking advantage of what their government calls “intelligent lockdown,” Dutch artists Collin Van Der Sluijs and Jorn Gruijters painted a new mural last month in their hometown of Maastricht.

Utilizing Van Der Sluijs’ rich visual language based on illustration and strongly influenced by classic Golden Age paintings, the two made a symbolic connection between the Sphinxkwartier and the new Frontenpark. On the historic white building next to the Muziekgieterij, they painted a large image of a song thrush bird, peacefully standing in midst of an opulent floral setting and on top of broken ceramic pieces. It was these ceramic shards that make the connection with the Sphinx factory where such pieces were made back in the days. Further on, they added some more contemporary elements to the traditional patterns on the ceramics, creating a dialogue between the past and the present. Finally, they used the image of a bird well known for its beautiful song as a symbol for the vibrant music scene which is planned to be presented in the form of festivals and other events which are planned at the Frontenpark.

Photo credit by Patrick Dreuning

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