Blues before sunrise

text and image roberto voorbij

In the Amsterdam Vondelpark can from this week on Steve McQueen’s, by the Stedelijk Museum commissioned, Blues before sunrise be experienced. With a simple but very poetic intervention has the artist / filmmaker McQueen transformed this public space in a cinematographic way. All 275 lampposts of the famous, 19th century park give until March 25 a melancholic blue light. The only specific information being mentioned about the work is the derivation of the title from a 1934 blues classic, for the remainder the park visitor may interpret this theatrical work as desired. The artificial blue light however evokes just as fast surrealistic associations with an electronic blue sky, as it holds social realistic connotations with the known anti-junkie light. Whereby the latter perhaps comes most close to the underlying, actual motivation of a municipality to place this street furniture. The innocent looking street lights appear on closer examination often on the first place to serve as controller, as guardian of the public. The also last night frequently patrolling police and private security only underline this…

Blues before sunrise is part of the Temporary Stedelijk 3 program.

Steve McQueen – Blues before sunrise. Vondelpark, Amsterdam (2012).

Steve McQueen – Blues before sunrise. Vondelpark, Amsterdam (2012).

Steve McQueen – Blues before sunrise. Vondelpark, Amsterdam (2012).

Steve McQueen – Blues before sunrise. Vondelpark, Amsterdam (2012).

Steve McQueen – Blues before sunrise. Vondelpark, Amsterdam (2012).

Steve McQueen – Blues before sunrise. Vondelpark, Amsterdam (2012).

Steve McQueen – Blues before sunrise. Vondelpark, Amsterdam (2012).

Steve McQueen – Blues before sunrise. Vondelpark, Amsterdam (2012).

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The Bleeding Tomato is the online sketch book of Roberto Voorbij - Visual / 3D Artist. A place for his spin-offs, new ideas, personal frustrations and fascinations. Blogging about art, sociology, technique, marketing and more…
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2 Responses to Blues before sunrise

  1. Robin Alfing says:

    Goed stuk. Echter, je hanteert de Nederlandse syntaxis in een Engelstalige tekst.

  2. Thanx for the compliment Robin!
    And for the tip!
    Best, Roberto

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