16 Tessa Koot
“The posts are coming along,” says Koot on the phone. And only slightly delayed. The lamppost heart will go up on Saturday, 22 October. It will be anchored to the ground “for the chic-factor.”
The work will go up on De Markt in the city centre, near the Coolcat. The lamppost that’s already there needs to be replaced. “The post is dented from all the lorries that have hit it.” But how will the new one stay dent-free? “We’re still thinking about that.”
Although the work will only go up at the end of DDW, it certainly won’t disappear any time soon. The idea is to keep it up for maybe two or three years. “That’s why I wanted to do lampposts – an intervention of what’s already there. I didn’t want to make something that only made sense during DDW.” It’s a kind of legitimate vandalism.
Koot’s part of the project will be over after DDW, but that doesn’t mean the lampposts can’t be used for anything else. There’s always the Glow light festival, for example. “I’d actually really like it if techies wanted to do something fun with it.”
Author: E52 Merlijn van Dijk
Photos: Ruud Balk