Connected

© Jack Kruf (2016) Connected [fine art print]. Breda: Private collection.
In the old town of Hondarribia, Spain, this fine wiring pattern forms the infrastructure for connecting streets, houses and people. Quite a palette. Straight forward and essential.

Two Neighbours

©Jack Kruf (2015) Two Neighbours. Breda: Private collection.

In the old center of Verona we came along this palette of two neighbours. Number 8 and number 10. It is almost a painting where materials tell their stories.

Verona classic

© Jack Kruf (2015) Verona classic [fine art print]. Breda: Private collection.

During I visit to the inner city of Verona this classic wall we passed in a small street. Quit a colour palette. Authentic. It is almost a form of art. The balance of its geometrics gives peace of mind.  Just this piece of wall.

Renewed Insight

© Jack Kruf (2015) Renewed Insight [fine art print]. Breda: Private collection.

Walking through the streets of Lucca, we saw this piece of renewed insight. Change of perspective, change of window. This wall tells its story.

Yogurteria

© Jack Kruf (2017). Yogurteria [fine art print]. Breda: Private collection

In the city of Hondarribia, Bask Country, Spain this green palette crossed our path. A yogurteria. Promising but closed.

Wall Art

© Jack Kruf (2020) Wall Art [fine art print]. Breda: private collection.

Wall Art in itself can be a true added value. Here I watched a wall in the city of Domburg, Zeeland, The Netherlands. The palette of the baked clay brick tones is impressive in itself. It is where the art of the wall meets and merge with wall art.

The Circus

© Jack Kruf (2020). The Circus in Bath [fine art print]. Breda: Private collection.

The Circus in the city of Bath is a historic ring of large townhouses, forming a circle with three entrances. It is architecturally spoken a form of art, putting living in a circle in a new (geometrical) dimension. The brownish colour palette is unique on this summers day.

Infrastructure & Information

© Jack Kruf (2022) Infrastructure and information [fine art print]. Breda: Private collection.

Information about the city infrastructure can be found on every wall and every corner. Signs which tell us a lot about in this case the underground. Sometimes the palette can be almost a form of art. The blue, silver and white send quietness in composition.

Track & Trace

© Jack Kruf (2019) Track & Trace [fine art print]. Breda: Open end edition.

The streets of the city are full of signs to tell us how to navigate and where to find essential elements of the architecture how we build our communities, especially here about how to track and trace the gas pipeline. It is almost a peace of art.

Well, step back 1,3 meter from the wall and step 40 cm to the right. If you want to visit this part of the underground world of the city –  for reason of maintenance or development – dig here and find the gas pipeline, which connects this house to the world wide web. Smart it is. Art too.

De Stoep

Dit boek, uitgegeven door NAi Boekverkopers, toont de Hollandse stoep zich in haar verscheidenheid: de drempelzones van Herman Hertzberger en Aldo Van Eyck, de bloemtafels van Sambeek en Van Veen en de klassieke Hollandse stoep.

De stoep is het domein waar een prettige en gezonde stad begint. De stoep is een overgangsgebied tussen huis en straat waar sociale contacten tussen bewoners plaatsvinden en de uitstraling van de straat voor een belangrijk deel wordt bepaald. Een succesvolle stoep ontstaat echter niet zomaar.

Vooral nu overheden en woningcorporaties zich bezinnen op hun taken en meer en meer wordt gevraagd van andere partijen en van bewoners zelve, is de stoep de publieke ruimte waar het gebeurt. Burgerparticipatie of overheidsparticipatie, het is maar net hoe je het bekijkt, begint op de stoep. Het is het domein waar publiek en privé elkaar ontmoeten. Good governance van de stad begint bij kennis van de stoep.

Aan de hand van interviews, casestudies in binnen- en buitenland, essays en een analyse van ruim 6000 Rotterdamse straten beschrijft het boek ‘DE STOEP’ de drijfveren van mensen om van de stoep een eigen plek te maken. Voor elke lokale bestuurder en manager een must read, zo vinden de Heren van Oranje.

Bibliografie

Ulden, E. van, Heussen, D. en Ham, S. van der (2015) De Stoep: Ontmoetingen tussen huis en straat. Rotterdam: NAi Boekverkopers.

Camouflage in the city

© Jack Kruf (2018) Camouflage in the city [fine art print]. Breda: Private collection. 

This palette of colour and construction finds its base in the combination of government regulation, the use of different materials, the progressive insights in and possibilities for the creation of new infrastructure to ease living.

The personal colour touch of the owner of this house in the centre of the City of Verona makes it almost a work of art. Camouflage in the city.