'Typo Safari', film documentary and book publication, Jan 2017

The brick letters 'Forever Stoned' from Martijn Sandberg's artwork 'Forever in Stone' in Amsterdam, are on view in the documentary series 'Typo Safari', by French filmmaker Thomas Sipp. (Co-production: ARTE France, Les Films d'Ici, 205 Corp)

In the documentary, seven designers and 'letter nuts' take the viewer along to their own city - Paris, Berlin, Barcelona, Montreal, Marseille, London, Amsterdam - and immerse themselves in a jungle of typefaces, symbols and styles.

The complete series of typographic expeditions accross the cities, with the episode on Amsterdam, guided by type designer Bas Jacobs, can be viewed online at the website ARTE Creative:


For episode city 'Amsterdam', see:


Safari Typo Amsterdam

Based on the French documentary, a book has been released in the Netherlands, titled 'Safari Typo Amsterdam'. The booklet is a brief typographic tour of letters in public space in the Dutch capital, presented by type designer Bas Jacobs.
Featuring a.o. the brick letters from the artwork 'Forever in Stone' by Martijn Sandberg, and letter forms by Piet Kramer, Reinoud Oudshoorn, Anton Kurvers, Janno Hahn, Hijman Louis de Jong, Rene Knip.

More about the publication: 'Safari Typo Amsterdam', ISBN 978 94 90913 66 3.

More info on the artwork: 'Forever in Stone', section 'public artworks'.

'Forever in Stone', 2008
Olympisch Kwartier, Amsterdam

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'Silence Please Science Please', site-specific artwork, FWN, Leiden, Jan 2017

Martijn Sandberg has realised a site-specific artwork: an acoustic wall in the interior of the newly constructed Gorlaeus Beta Campus of the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences (FWN), University of Leiden.
The artwork consists of connected perforated aluminium panels, covering the surface of the wall in the hall, vacant space and first floor of the building. The perforated artwork is twenty metres long, seven metres high and lit from within.

A sequence of words appears in the pattern of circles when the artwork is viewed from different sightlines. The words may be read in succession from left to right - but also from right to left, from above to below, from below to above and in diagonal reading order: 'Silence Please Science Please'.

Click here for more photos and information on the artwork 'Silence Please Science Please', in the section 'public artworks'.

'Silence Please Science Please', 2017
FWN, Beta Campus, University Leiden

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Project Spaarndammerschoollocatie, Amsterdam, Dec 2016

The team of Korth Tielens Architecten and Marcel Lok Architect with project developer Heijmans Vastgoed, DS landschapsarchitecten, artist Martijn Sandberg and Fore installation consultants, has been selected to further develop their plan for the housing programme to be realised at the former Spaarndammer School site, Amsterdam.
The Spaarndammer School site (Spaarndammerschoollocatie) is located in the Spaarndammerbuurt, an area of the city with listed residential housing, characteristic of Amsterdamse School architecture.

Click here for more info, article (in Dutch), 'Uitslag tender Spaarndammerschool', www.dearchitect.nl, news, 02/12/2016.

Click here to view or download more info on the artwork, concept text (in Dutch), 'Kunsttoepassing Spaarndammerschoollocatie', as pdf.

Click here for more images and a selection of concept drawings of the artwork, in the section 'concepts & projects'.

Plan impression, 2016
Project Spaarndammerschool, Amsterdam

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'One More Wall Well Done', site-specific artwork, First, Rotterdam, Sept 2016

Martijn Sandberg has realised a site-specific artwork on the Southern facade of First, a new build project on the Weena in Rotterdam, The Netherlands.
The brick facade relief covers a wall surface measuring three and half metres high and twenty seven metres long. A message has been left on the wall, written in relief with brick letters two and half metres high: 'One more wall well done'.

Click here for more information on the artwork 'One More Wall Well Done', in the section 'public artworks'.

'One More Wall Well Done', 2016
Wall relief, First building, Rotterdam

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'Evening at BNO' with lecture by Martijn Sandberg, BNO Utrecht, 25 March 2016

Martijn Sandberg speaks about his artworks in public space and architecture at BNO, Utrecht, on Tuesday evening 25 March 2016. Other lectures by Floor Wesseling and editors of magazine De Dakhaas.

Location: BNO, Kapitaal, Plompetorengracht 4, Utrecht/NL
Date: 25 March 2016, 8 pm

Lecture by Martijn Sandberg
BNO Utrecht, 25 March 2016

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'Wenn Alle Künste Untergehen', tea towel by Martijn Sandberg, Jan 2016

Martijn Sandberg has made a new tea towel edition, entitled 'Wenn Alle Künste Untergehen' ('If All Arts Are Lost'). The textile multiple is available in the colour blue, orange and violet.

Click here for a preview of the release. The tea towel can be purchased and ordered online by email. For more information, see also section 'shop' at this website.

'Wenn Alle Künste Untergehen', 2015
Textile multiple, woven tea towel

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'Vivat Musica Pereat Mundus', recent music by Martijn Sandberg, August 2015

Recent music by Martijn Sandberg is now online. A selection of 'Songs Without Words' from his project 'Vivat Musica Pereat Mundus' can be found here in the website section 'music', or visit the following page on Soundcloud:


All 'Songs Without Words' composed by Martijn Sandberg.

'Vivat Musica Pereat Mundus', 2015
Music project by Martijn Sandberg

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'In Plaats Van 'DNB Weg Ermee', Amsterdam, 9 June 2015

Martijn Sandberg reacts to the call for the De Nederlandsche Bank to be demolished to enable the return of the Palace for National Industry (Paleis voor Volksvlijt) to the Frederiksplein in Amsterdam.

Demolition of De Nederlandsche Bank, however, would imply that Peter Struycken's intriguing artwork would be permanently lost to the Amsterdam street scene.

The text 'Instead Of 'DNB Must Not Be' may be found in Dutch and English on the website in the 'blog' section.

Fence, Peter Struycken, 1992
De Nederlandsche Bank, Amsterdam

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'Zuiderkerkprijs 2013' awarded to project Kraaipan School, Dec 2013

The Zuiderkerk Prize 2013 has been awarded to the housing and renovation project Kraaipanschool in the Transvaal neighbourhood in Amsterdam.
The design is by Architectenbureau Hoogeveen, commissioned by housing association Ymere. The paving artwork 'Tomorrow Everything Will Be Alright' by Martijn Sandberg is located on the new square of the Kraaipan project.

The Zuiderkerkprijs is an annual award by Amsterdam city council for the architect and the commissioning client of the best housing project realised in the city of Amsterdam during the past year.

'Zuiderkerkprijs 2013'
Project Kraaipanschool, Amsterdam

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'Lettering Large', including works of Martijn Sandberg, Nov 2013

Works by Martijn Sandberg are featured in the recent book edition 'Lettering Large: The Art and Design of Monumental Typography', published by The Monacelli Press, New York/ USA.
The selected works include the public artworks 'The Key Is Under the Doormat' (2012), 'You Have Ten Saved Messages' (2013), and 'Forever Young' (2005).

'Lettering Large'
ISBN-10: 1580933599

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'Citylikeyou', online article, Martijn Sandberg, Amsterdam, January 2012

For the online magazine FILE Citylikeyou Martijn Sandberg has described and photographed his choice of five locations in the city of Amsterdam:


'We are excited to unveil a new addition to FILE, Citylikeyou. An inspirational view about creatives and their cities. At Citylikeyou selected creatives from across the world will introduce you to their favorite places, as well as a personal insight into how their work and lives are reflected by the city.' File Magazine, London/ UK

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'Slopersbal en Slag bij Waterloo', Amsterdam, 29 June 2011

Martijn Sandberg reacts to the threatened disappearance of distinctive works of art created in the Seventies and early Eighties from several stations involved in the Amsterdam Metro East Line renovation.
A short version of the text 'Demolition Ball and Battle of Waterloo' by Martijn Sandberg can be found in English and Dutch at the website's 'blog' section.

Demolition ball, artwork by Jan Sierhuis, 1980
Metro station Nieuwmarkt, Amsterdam

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