Renowned Dutch artist wants to help Aruba with community enhancement projects PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 05 February 2013 12:42
Prime Minister Mike Eman announced at a press conference on Monday that renowned Dutch award winning artist Daan Roosegaarde wants to help Aruba in bringing technology and people closer in the different neighborhoods and the Oranjestad city center, as a contribution to the island's revitalization process.
Roosegaarde presented the art pieces he exhibits the world over, which combine art, technology and interaction among people.

The prime minister expressed that after having seen Roosegaarde's productions in different Dutch media he is convinced there is great potential where Aruba can benefit from the manner how the artist connects the dimensions of creativity with human development. The main focus, according to Eman, is to create different beautiful spaces and unique public spaces.

Roosegaarde's designs, such as Dune, Intimacy and Smart Highway, are tangible state of the art technology ambiances, where the person and the space become one, as explained in a government statement. Roosegaarde calls this connection, which is established between ideology and technology, "poetic technology".

The government has invited the artist to Aruba for him to see what the government is doing in the area of neighborhood and city center renovation, and the attention that is being dedicated to the creation and improvement of public spaces, where people get together and enjoy better social interaction.

Roosegaarde is interested in working with Aruba, not only to produce installations that will reinforce the the vision of neighborhood and city center renovations, but also to make the first step in the direction of establishing Aruba as a gateway between The Netherlands and South America. He has been on Aruba a few days and has visited different neighborhoods and public spaces.

Prime Minister Eman said, "The list of cities around the world that desire to work with Daan is very long, but Daan feels that there is something happening on Aruba that he would like make a contribution towards, despite the fact that we are not a major city, but we do have interesting opportunities to offer."

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