Blow Up Installation The Hague Art, Holland Architecture Development, Dutch Design Images

Blow Up Installation in The Hague, Holland

4 Oct 2022

Design: Steve Messam

Location: Den Haag, The Netherlands

Blow Up The Hague Holland

Photos by © Pim Top / Hague & Partners

Blow Up The Hague, Netherlands

Blow Up Art Den Haag sees five international artists creating temporary inflatable artworks in the streets of The Hague, The Netherlands. Over the next 3 weeks, visitors are invited to follow a walking route around the museum district of the city to discover the pieces in a mixture of prime historical locations and hidden corners.

For the exhibition, leading UK textile artist Steve Messam has created two new large-scale, site-specific works:

The Plein.

The work consists of a series of inflatable spikes around the statue of William I in the main square outside the parliament building. A major landmark statue in the city, William I is the founder of the Netherlands as an independent country. The large green spikes temporarily transform the monument and change the energy of the surrounding square in an almost surreal gesture.

Curator Mary Hessing describes it as “…like the crown of the Statue of Liberty has landed on, and embraced, the statue of Willem van Oranje, who is portrayed as a fervent advocate of civil and religious freedom. Steve Messam’s frivolous intervention adds an exiting colourful touch to the honourable statue and the Plein. When the lights come on at night, the dialogue is even more playful.”

Blow Up The Hague Holland

On the Gevangenpoort (Prisoners Gate), Buitenhof

Dating from the 15th century, the Gevangenpoort was once the main gateway into the Binnenhof (now the Houses of Parliament), and the most infamous prison in Holland. In the 1920s, the buildings to one side of the gateway were demolished to create a wider road for the increase in traffic and subsequent trams.

‘Tunnel’ reimagines that sense of gateway, the artwork passing through the archway, gripping the architecture by air pressure alone. The sense of passage is further explored by inviting visitors to pass through the artwork as a more restricted and intimate space. The organic bulbous forms at either end suggest an oozing of the piece through the gateway and contrast with the strict geometric lines of the architecture, while the colour echoes the verdigris roofs around the square.

Technical details
‘Oranje’ – Ripstop Nylon. 16m x 15m x 3m
‘Tunnel’ – Polyester. 9.5m x 4m x 4m

About Steve Messam
Steve Messam is an environmental artist based in County Durham, UK and working internationally. His ephemeral site-specific installations re-imagine the everyday, interrupting historical places and vacant architecture to help us perceive the familiar environment in a new way.

Working on a scale that is typically ‘bigger than a house’, his works explore the colour and scale of place. His inflatable textile works include a suite of pieces that filled historic ruins in a Scottish castle gardens and wrapped a seating shelter in Blackpool.

Other works include ‘PaperBridge’ (2015) – a functioning packhorse bridge made from 22,000 sheets of paper in the Lake District; and ‘Clad’ (2009) – a traditional timber-framed cottage wrapped in the fleece of 300 local sheep in Newtown, Wales. He created the first off-site installation at the 2006 Shanghai Biennial, and created a number of site-specific installations across the Venetian Lagoon during the 2009 Venice Biennale.

Artist: Steve Messam –

Blow Up The Hague Holland

Photography by © Pim Top / Hague & Partners

Blow Up The Hague, Holland images / information received 041022

Location: Den Haag, Netherlands

Den Haag Buildings

Contemporary Den Haag Architecture

Den Haag Architecture Designs – chronological list

Den Haag Architecture News

ZIP2516, The Binckhorst
Design: Studio Komma / The Men of Foam
ZIP2516, Binckhorst
image © images Studio Komma / The Men of Foam
ZIP2516, Binckhorstlaan, Den Haag

MVSA Architects wins design bid for NCIA
Design: MVSA Architects
NATO Communications and Information Agency Den Haag
image © MVSA Architects
NATO Communications and Information Agency Den Haag

Lightrailstation Den Haag
Design: Architekturbüro ZJA Zwarts & Jansma Architects / Knippers Helbig Advanced Engineering
Lightrailstation Den Haag
exterior image: Pietro Savorellit
Lightrailstation Den Haag

Voorlinden Museum Building, Wassenaar, province of South Holland
Design: Kraaijvanger Architects with Arup
Museum Voorlinden Building in Wassenaar
exterior image: Pietro Savorellit
Voorlinden Museum Building

Dutch Architecture

Contemporary Dutch Architecture

Netherlands Architecture Designs – chronological list

Dutch Architectural News

Architecture Tours in Amsterdam by e-architect

Dutch Architect – design firm listings

Dutch Architecture

Dutch Buildings

Comments / photos for the Blow Up The Hague, Holland designed by Steve Messam page welcome.