Project 'Melodie', Couperus, Ypenburg, Den Haag/ NL

2011-2013

The site-specific artwork 'Melodie' by Martijn Sandberg, is an integral part of the masonry of the residential block Couperus, Ypenburg, Den Haag.
The stanza from Louis Couperus' poem 'Melodie' (1886) is incorporated into the vertical and horizontal brick pattern of the fašade, in dark coloured bricks in deep relief. The text in the brick letter typeface, designed by Martijn Sandberg, covers the entire circumference of the building in length.
From the brickwork a song resounds, written in the metre of the bricks: 'Luchtgewiekte melodie / Zweef klaatrend op! / Of juublend in een zilverlach, / Of smeltend... / Smeltende in een vliet / Van louter tranen...'

Louis Couperus (1863-1923), Dutch novelist and poet.

Click here to see a full description in Dutch, as PDF.

Click here for photos of the completed artwork, in the section 'public artworks'.

Title: 'Melodie' ('Melody')
Artist: Martijn Sandberg
Location: Couperus, Ypenburg residential block, Den Haag/ NL
Measurements: masonry brick letters (lxh) 165m x 1.88m
Material: brick, dark coloured, in deep relief
Concept and design: April 2011
Built: 2011-2013
Planned completion: spring 2013
Commissioned by: Ceres Projecten, Den Haag/ NL
Architect: Frits van Dongen, van Dongen-Koschuch, Amsterdam





'Melodie' ('Melody'), masonry brick letter typeface, designed by Martijn Sandberg, model scale 1:1, 2011.
Project: Couperus, Ypenburg residential block, Den Haag/ NL, 2011-2013. (photo: Martijn Sandberg)


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