De Kadebrug | Walls with Paint

In “Walls with Paint”, Eindhoven local, photographer, and art fan Lukedaduke shares the story behind a special street art project in Eindhoven. This month: the artwork on De Kadebrug.

The Eindhovens(ch) Kanaal (or the Canal of Eindhoven) runs from nearby city Helmond to the city center of Eindhoven. The surroundings of the canal are industrial: located are the old milk factory of Campina, truck builder DAF, and various recycling companies and automobile repair shops.

And of course, there is the bypass auto way of Eindhoven. At the point where the Hugo van der Goeslaan crosses over into the Jeroen Boschlaan, you can find the Kadebrug. There are three wharf bridges to be exact: one for the auto way and two for service roads.

In 2019, Luuk Bode got the order of the City of Eindhoven to decorate the bridge. Luuk Bode is an artist who graduated from the Willem De Kooning Academy in Rotterdam. His work used to be very illustrative but through the years it became much more abstract. He focused on colors and shapes and their influence on our surroundings. 

And you can recognize that in his work called “stroke040” on the walls and pillars of the Kadebrug. The weight of the work is placed on the lighter side of the bridge. In the middle, the darker part of the bridge the piece is much lighter. Both sides are mirrored to each other and repeated on the pillars. Together with the reflections in the water and the mix of sunlight and shadows, you as a pedestrian, cyclist, or even driver, are surrounded by this ‘flat’ work in several dimensions. 

Altogether: a daring work that focusses on an area of Eindhoven that is in the process of being redeveloped.


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