In the October newsletter, we introduced you to the backbone of Almere. At that time, the seating object was sprayed in colour and finished.

And now we can share a first with you; the Backbone Bench has been installed. It is in place as if it has always been there.

The Backbone is a striking example of how intensive cooperation can lead to a special project. Lola Landschapsarchitect designed the new city park in which the Backbone was given such a prominent place; the green City Hall promenade.

Artist Jan van der Ploeg, in turn, makes the Backbone come to life with his beautiful colour combinations. Together, we have created the ideal place to sit, rest and enjoy a colourful environment. Nice detail: this Backbone is the largest work that Jan van der Ploeg has ever undertaken.

Mothership is responsible for the concept development here. The Backbone is the first large (art) object within the Zeegroene Loper; the vision that Mothership developed for the inner city of Almere. In the run-up to the opening of the City Hall promenade and the Floriade 2022, several projects will follow, including three artworks in the public space of and around Almere Central Station.

During the installation of the Backbone, the first positive reactions from Almere came immediately;

“So beautiful, I am in love….”.

“Speechless…rarely seen something so beautiful”.

“This work is really going to have an impact, can’t help it”.