Boris Tellegen - De Stijl Cycle Route

In honour of the Mondrian to Dutch Design Year, the province of Utrecht launched a special project to tie in with the ideas of De Stijl. In a collaboration among various disciplines and five municipalities, the project brings together innovation and artistic creation to build an cycle route between the home towns of Gerrit Rietveld (Utrecht) and Piet Mondriaan (Amersfoort), linked by ten unique sculptural works by artist and Patta collaborator Boris Tellegen fka DELTA. The design of the signage and the route itself complements the artworks, which work together to shape the emerging concept of the cycle route in the Dutch transport landscape. Intended to help reduce the number of cars on the road, these bicycle lanes serve long-distance cycling traffic.

Ten sculptures

Boris Tellegen's ten sculptures, measuring approximately 55 cm on each side and rising more than 6.5 metres in height, resemble square columns or pillars, thus evoking a classic architectural element that also has resonances with boundary posts, totem poles and foundation piles. All have the same silhouette, but each one was designed specifically for the site where it will be erected, whether in the city, the urban fringes or surrounded by nature. These pieces by Tellegen both echo icons of De Stijl and offer a modern-day response to those works. Where Mondrian, Rietveld and other artists strove for universal harmony, Tellegen's sculptures are emphatically cryptic, even rough and unruly. At the same time, like the works of De Stijl, Tellegen's pieces have a quality that is animated, unfettered and playful.

Visit the Centraal Museum and Mondriaanhuis en route

As well as a quick link between Amersfoort and Utrecht, the cycle route is also conceived as a treasure hunt, along which cyclists can ‘collect’ the individual elements to assemble a meaningful whole. The sculptures are an enticement to cycle the whole route and thereby literally compass the entire composition. If you're hungry for more, follow the route to the Centraal Museum in Utrecht or the Mondriaanhuis in Amersfoort to dive deeper into De Stijl and to the manifold dimensions of artistic creation in general.

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