Food 2, 2002 (commissioned work, public space, Brunssum, Netherlands)

The adjacent housing, build according to energy-saving principles, have roof gardens, sun collectors and direct daylight which spreads into the house through a glass roofing. Thus, the obligation to have a certain amount of light is already fulfilled without adding much windows in the walls. Together with the absence of private gardens, this has the feeling of a fortress and doesn’t stimulate the residents to get engaged to an informal public life. Food 2 offers symbolically an alternative; stainless benches and a table with a build-in barbeque seem available as a get-together.
During the opening a real BBQ was organized. A local, traditional brass-band and an all-women brass-band were playing different tunes simultaneously. A dj played schlager-records from a Mercedez-Benz.