The Municipality of Assen
The De Pittelo Schools and Sport Centre Complex
Drawing with Light
This proposal sketch links all three locations that are involved in the
commission. Matrixes will be attached to the walls of both the schools
and the sport centre at sites that are still to be determined. The dimensions
will depend on the specific location, and will also be determined at a
later point in time.
The sports centre will certainly require a larger size than the two schools.
While the matrix can be operated at both the schools, it will only be
available for viewing at the sports centre.
Touching one of the matrix’s small squares will cause it to light
up. When this light-emitting square is touched once again, the light will
be turned off.
Groups of children can operate the artwork at the same time. Actions in
School A can be seen at School B and vice versa. Squares that are turned
on in School A, can be turned off in School B.
In this way, it is possible to work on a communal drawing.
This communication between the pupils can also be seen at the sports centre.
Apart from making drawings, it is also possible, for instance, to write
your initials or play games.
A book will be produced of examples, which can be copied. The children
could also be involved with setting up an archive for the best drawings.
The drawings could, for instance, be made first on paper and then produced
Of course, the artwork can also be switched off, and the link between
the schools can, if necessary, be blocked.
The communication between the two schools is the work’s most important
The illuminated squares are made of maintenance-free, impact-proof plastic.
The lighting behind the plastic consists of LEDs, which have a lifespan
of ten years or more.
This work involves no mechanical elements.
The change in the magnetic field right behind the square causes the light
to be switched on and off. Each matrix consists of 13 x 13 squares: a
total of 169 picture elements.