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PROJECTS IN PUBLIC SPACE

After I left College, I immediately got involved with the relationship between the visual arts and public space. There too, in public space, the invisible should be made ‘visible’. Not only in a museum or gallery. Moreover, it should not only be left to architects, urban planners and well-meaning officials to organise and fill in public space.

Key words for my civic commissions are musicality, complexity and contrast. Whereas my enthusiasm for harmony, simplicity (‘less is more’, it’s claimed) and unambiguity is slight.

I recognise in my work the commentary Ellen Reitsema once gave: “Jan Jacobs Mulder’s sculptures define space, not on account of their volume. They make every space special with their musicality. Rhythm, relative proportions and the ‘melodic’ line are extremely powerful. Severity and mobility confront each other in unexpected ways. A mathematical arrangement is suddenly interrupted with aggressive ‘offshoots’ or the counter-placing of a puzzling, almost vulnerable form”.
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