Our concepts are appreciated far beyond the Dutch borders. Mothership and artist Margriet Smulders have been working together to create 3 mind-blowing ceilings for a new 17.000 square meters shopping mall in Germany, the Ems Galerie in Rheine. The Ems gallery is a project of Hermann Klaas Entwicklung. Mothership was invited by interior architects Thomas Schaper and Marielle Wichards to help make the gallery a showstopper. On the 21st of September 2016 the shopping mall was opened to the public. The structure of the complex looks like a covered street. On one side the building is adjacent to the river Ems and the other side opens up to the city center. The building consists of three parts that are interconnected. The materials used on the interior of the mall reflects elements that are typical of Rheine: textiles, water, trade and nature.
The three parts of the building each have a ceiling that consists of a line of smaller acoustical ceiling plates hanging directly underneath the main ceiling. The acoustical ceiling plates hold the sprinklers and lighting and offered the perfect canvas for Mothership to work with. The artwork should attract extra visitors, create a more pleasant shopping experience and create a media buzz.
Margriets’ work is best known for her mesmerizing colorful wall filling creations and murals filled with contradictions between science and intuition, dark and light and mind and body. Her biggest motive is to use art as a way to make the world a more beautiful place.
Margriet uses the camera as her paintbrush and in her work ‘Ins Blaue hinein träumen’ has created an impressive and seducing ode to the river Ems and its surroundings. Using vibrant fresh flowers, water, textiles and powerful symbolisms she portrays the river Ems as a metaphor for life. The three ceilings have the individual titles “Quelle” (source), “Strömung” (flow) and “Mündung” (mouth). Just like a person grows from youth, through the turbulence of puberty into a balanced adulthood, the river starts from the source, ‘die Quelle’, and the flow, ‘die stromung’, determines the mouth, ‘die Mundung’, of the river. The work emphasizes important pluspoints of Rheine: its location near the river in a beautiful natural environment and the rich textile history, and offers the people of Rheine a brand new heart to the city.