In recent years the City Council took it upon themselves to commission a beautification programme for the city’s Electrical Substations.
(Finally doing something that brings a smile to my face with the tax Euro’s I give them LOL).
Gemeente Den Haag (The Hague City Council) commissioned artists to paint up Electricity substations around the Hague, and since I loved seeing the results, I resolved to try and find and photograph as many of them as I could.
Therefore this post is part of an on-going series, featuring the artwork of Electrical Substations in The Hague.
Today’s substation stands on the side of a canal, at the intersection of The Laan Van Meerdervoort and the Valkenboskade, not quite on the corner but a very short distance down, heading in the direction of the Ligusterstraat.
It’s a quirky one, and several things intrigue me: First a question…
If you look closely at the first photo, Does anyone else get the impression that the right side of the figure was drawn by a different artist than the left?
The hands are as mis-matched a pair as I have ever seen and do my eyes deceive me or is she wearing a boot on one foot and does she have a peg-leg ? …or is there a more rational explanation? ..like, Does she have one very skinny leg and the other one is in a plaster cast ?
(Yes, naturally enough I have plaster casts on the brain at the moment.. and maybe my lack of mobility IS driving me a little stir crazy and I’ve started to hallucinate).
The other thing that needles me about this substation is the background pattern. I’m VERY sure that it’s an abstract representation of the street map of the area, so I did a little Google-ing to try and confirm that.
Annoyingly I could get some bits to fit, but not all of it… so maybe that theory is just born of cabin fever.
Ah well, I was quite the amateur detective there for a moment, sleuthing out the clues and trying to put the pieces together.
Turns out that my powers of detection are rather rubbish and I can now stop kidding myself that I’m the new Sherlock Holmes.
Probably for the best you know… dunno if I could have gotten Himself interested in being Watson, but then again I think that Little Mr. might have obliged if I told him that the job went with a Police car complete with siren and blue lights.
Ok, I’ll cut with the delusion now and get the the photos…
There are only two sides to photograph on this one, since one of the short sides and the back side facing the canal are both covered in ivy.
I have done my best with the other two painted sides.
The other substations I have featured so far are:
It’s bold! It’s bright! It’s Electric!
An Electricity Substation that lights up your day…
This Electricity Substation comes gift wrapped ?
Electricity Substations… More works of Art
Electricity Substations… Works of Art