I thought that I had found and photographed all of The Hague’s colourfully decorated electrical substations, but every now and again when we are out and about driving to an appointment, Himself and I spot another one.
These are all part of an initiative taken by Geemente Den Haag ( The Hague City Council) to brighten up the city by turning what were originally sombre grey electrical substations into cubes of colourful creativity.
Different artists were called upon to do the work and their styles vary greatly, which I personally think is excellent, giving the locals of The Hague a taste of everything from photographic realism to cartoon whimsy or drama.
Whilst I’m delighted to have discovered several more examples recently to add to my photographic collection, the downside of finding them a good few years after they were commissioned is that some of them have deteriorated in quality and in some neighbourhoods a few of them have been vandalised by graffiti.
This electrical substation can be found on the Regentesselaan and has one of the more limited colour palettes of all the boxes: the original having a bird theme in black, yellow and grey. I find this a great shame, surely one person with a can of spray paint should show a little more respect to another spray paint artist? Birds of a feather may well flock together, but in the case of spray paint artists, apparently they don’t.