“TRILLENDE LENTE” (vibrant spring) is a mural painting covering entirely the Aurora building, an 18.000 square meters housing complex: the biggest one in the Limburg region in the southern Netherlands.
Studio Name: Boa Mistura
Design Team: Boa Mistura
Area: Public Art, Art for social development.
Location: Heerlen, The Netherlands
Consultants: Stichting Art Foundation, Wonen Limburg
Photography Credits: Boa Mistura, Twan Vinken, Jonathan Widdershoven
Stichting Art Foundation, who is behind the initiative, is trying to eliminate the stigma of the depression caused by the mining industry collapse and the subsequent heroin flood aftermath during the 60s and 70s. This project is the latest flagship for the new direction in which some of Heerlen’s relevant cultural agents are heading the city.
The project began in November 2017 and concluded in November 2021.
Boa Mistura held several neighbor meetings during 2018 to understand the context and develop different design options. Finally, in April 2019, they presented the concepts to the Aurora complex tenants, who discussed, voted, and approved the final one.
The artist collective led the execution between June and November 2021.
During all this time, Boa Mistura had the assistance of Botterweck, a local paint company, as well as thirteen people from the job placement program Weerk voor Heerlen and more than one hundred neighbors who volunteered during several open, participatory days.
The project is an initiative by Stichting Art Foundation, with the support from Wonen Limburg.