Handhoven | 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: Handhoven, a work created by the renowned duo called Studio Giftig.

It might sound a little weird but 2020 was a busy year for the guys of Studio Giftig.

The duo from Veldhoven had various commissions, for example, one in the neighboring city Helmond. Their latest mural can be found in Eindhoven at the tunnel on the Vestdijk.

The area around the ‘Vestdijktunnel’ will be redeveloped in the years ahead. The Station Square, the Beursgebouw as well as the central bus station will all be renovated. 

The tunnel at the Vestdijk lies exactly in between all those development plans and might be the best-known tunnel in the city.

The city of Eindhoven wanted to revamp the tunnel with the help of a mural but without the Eindhoven stereotypes. That meant no PSV, no ‘040’, no Eindhoven skyline a different representation of the city of Eindhoven.

Studio Giftig made a proposition: Eindhoven is a working-class city by origin. This became the base of the mural. Working gloves, a knight’s hand armor, and a VR Glove, all referring to a bit of the Eindhoven history or present.

With this the symbolical worth of the tunnel at the Vestdijk is reinforced as well; it’s the connecting part between the south and north of the city.


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