A tunnel is a construction in which you spend a relatively short time. Especially when cycling and driving in a car where you go from point A to point B (work, recreation, sports) you don't dwell too long on what's on the walls, especially when you pass the passages more often and certainly not when it's cold and when the evening begins. What does get experienced as lasting is an unnamable factor that contributes to a feeling. For example, a feeling of safety, of surprise, of spaciousness. This feeling is evoked by a concrete formal language such as color, space, light and movement and less by a literal narrative function. When it comes to infrastructural works in relation to murals, it is about the power of the image, this brings the story to life. When selecting artists, preference will be given to those who can portray the image so powerfully that an underlying content unfolds. It is important that even after a repeated passage through the tunnel, the paintings will be experienced as extremely positive and stimulating. The story is not unequivocal, due to developments that the passers-by undergo through the years and the changing of the seasons, the image will always gain depth and thus remain interesting in 2, 5 or 10 years time.
Black / White
The tunnel as such is already an architectural total work with its rounded ceiling and beautiful inviting entrances on both sides. Pollution and defacement meant that this was no longer visible. Aam Solleveld tackled the tunnel as a whole and managed to make it an entirely new experience in harmony with the existing design. Images and detail in the tunnel were more likely to create insecurity.
Aam has chosen a pattern of horizontal lines. These line the route. The lines are applied across the walls and ceiling and continued across the entrances with the curved shapes and concrete "spurs," the retaining walls.
The work is done in bright white with anthracite black (which is a bit softer in terms of contrast) lines. Really bright white brought a lot of light into the tunnel. A black and white execution turns this tunnel into an abstract world in which the passing cyclist becomes extra visible and itself becomes the color element. The viewer, in this case the cyclist, finds himself ín the artwork and becomes part of it. Seen this way, an ever-changing composition is created of which the passers-by are part.
In previous large works made by Aam, it was also easy to see how black-and-white line work gives a leading role to the people in the work. It 'intensifies' people, as it were.