If These Walls Could Speak

2007

Martijn Sandberg has created a site-specific artwork for the walls lining the lift shaft at the Amsterdam Public Library at Oosterdokseiland (OBA, Openbare Bibliotheek Amsterdam).
The artist selected a range of titles from every section of the library's collection; he has compiled a typographic figuration from them, to be lit and visible through the glass rear wall of the lift.

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Title: ‘If These Walls Could Speak’
Artist: Martijn Sandberg
Location: Lift 1 and Lift 2, shaft wall, OBA/ Centrale Bibliotheek Amsterdam
Measurements (lxw): 2x: 34m x 2m
Material: c-print, blacklight (lift interior: colour black, glass wall)
Concept and design: 2005
Definitive design: 2006-2007
Title research and compilation: Martijn Sandberg
Completion: 2007
Commissioned by: Amsterdam Municipality
Architect: Jo Coenen & Co Architects, Amsterdam/ Maastricht





Lift 1, entrance. Shaft wall, visible through the lifts' rear wall of glass, 2007. (photo: Peter Cuypers)
Site-specific artwork 'If These Walls Could Speak', OBA/ Centrale Bibliotheek Amsterdam.




Lift 2, entrance. Shaft wall, visible through the lifts' rear wall of glass, 2007. (photo: Peter Cuypers)
Site-specific artwork 'If These Walls Could Speak', OBA/ Centrale Bibliotheek Amsterdam.




'Westkunst', 'Im Westen Nichts Neues', 'Fortschritt Ins Nichts', Nov 2003. (photo: Martijn Sandberg)
Site-specific artwork 'If These Walls Could Speak', OBA/ Centrale Bibliotheek Amsterdam.


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