Collision Project

Groot Handelsgebouw presents Collision Project

On the occasion of 20th Dutch Design Week, the Groot Handelsgebouw is calling on 20 Dutch artists and designers, for a live event that is part of the international Collision Project. They are invited to paint 20 ping-pong tables on 18 October. From 19 October the works can be viewed free of charge at the Stationsplein during the annual design festival.

Collision Project is a diverse and flexible testing ground for artists and visionaries of all disciplines to collaborate and discover. It originated at Industry City. A complex of refurbished industrial buildings in Brooklyn, New York. Now other historic buildings are also used as a canvas. The Rotterdam graphic artist Saïd Kinos and letter painter Tim Sake kicked off the art movement in the Netherlands with murals in the GHG.

Kick-off Collision Project

Saïd Kinos’ 10m x 3m artwork symbolises how the old meets the new in the Groot Handelsgebouw. It is marked by the contrasting, lively colour palette and distorted typography that are typical of his work. The towering letters in the mural form the word ‘collide’, a reference to the name of the Collision Project.

Tim Sake was next. His artwork, titled ‘Practice’, shows the meticulous process behind the near-forgotten art of sign painting. It’s only through endless practice that sign painters find the right rhythm for letters to take shape. These ‘practice strokes’ are the focal point of Tim’s mural.

The Groot Handelsgebouw is thus becoming a home to a growing art and design community. The art project is a nod to the back and forth ping-ponging of ideas that lies at the heart of every creative process. The project is organised in cooperation with Rotterdam street art collective Rewriters, part of multimedia hip hop platform Hiphop In Je Smoel (HIJS).

Interested artists can register via or send a DM via Instagram (@groothandelsgebouw).


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