Urban Playground
 


Many of the world's great cities have been built and organized around rivers. Once the lifeblood and centre of a city, a vital transport and commercial/trading artery, rivers have in the last century or so become increasingly spatially and culturally disconnected from the cities that they flow through. Henk Hofstra's really cool 2007 public art project 'Blue Road', creates a make-believe river running through the Dutch town of Drachten by painting a 1000 metre stretch of road electric blue. It's a simple but visually stunning concept that serves as a vibrant and whimsical memorial to the waterway that once existed where the road now lies, and dramatically re-orients how we look at and make sense of an urban space (and perhaps its relationship to nature). Instead of seeing a meaningless tangle of faceless roads, the former waterway is repositioned and reclaimed as a central connecting thread and point of reference that links a town and community together. 
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A quick poke around Drachten on Google Maps in 2010 (see below) shows what's left of the Blue Road.
 


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07/12/2012 11:56

Many thanks for details

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