Traffic Lights | 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 traffic control cabinets painted by three local artists. 

For a couple of weeks, at several intersections in Eindhoven, traffic light control boxes are covered with paint.

This is a test by the Eindhoven township to see what it does with the street scene and what its influence is of the nuisance of graffiti.

Eindhoven is testing this for several years already for example with their Tunnelvision-project where tunnels are being redecorated by artists.

This test is executed by three local artists: Wladimir Manshanden, Harold Straatman, and EROSIE. All three have a past in the local graffiti scene.

Wladimir is keeping himself busy with scripts and typography and their impact, but also with the visual environment of the city of Eindhoven. Just try to find the surprising names some of the bridges or overpasses have.

Harold Straatman, or ZIME, is working at Vlisco but shows off his graphic work in the streets, regularly. During high school, graffiti caught his eye and during his graphic follow-up study, his graffiti work became more and more abstract. His work on the traffic light control boxes is adjusted to its environment; on one of them, the pattern of the floor at the Parktheater can be found and on another one, the colors and history of local soccer club PSV are represented. 

The work of EROSIE is inspired by graffiti but mostly by his research after letter shapes. These shapes keep moving and changing into abstract figures, but if you look closely, you can still recognize the shape of letters. The work of EROSIE is almost like a written language of its own that finds it’s way on walls, but also on canvas or printed matter.

Right now, about twenty control boxes are painted by these three artists. Reason enough to get on your bike and try to find them.


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