Merry Go Round Europe

Design and production: Studio Ivo Hulskamp, Stephan Schagen, Ward Kreykamp and Karel de Boer
Date: Amsterdam Light Festival 2015 - 2016
Location: Amsterdam

The whirling that, just for a moment, lifts you out of your earthly existence and, once you’re back on firm ground, gives you a fresh outlook on the world around you.That’s the theme of Merry Go Round, the contribution of the Dutch artists Karel de Boer, Ward Kreykamp, Ivo Hulskamp and Stephan Schagen. It is a work of art everybody will recognize, because who didn’t whirl around on a kermis or a fair?! The artists themselves want the work to be a message to Europe. According to them it’s very healthy to float away from reality from time to time, to leave things as they are and then go on with your life. They argue that it will do friendships no end of good. ‘We think that for everybody in Europe it would be a good idea as well to step outside its reality now and again, in order to forget their problems and worries for a while and to remember who they really are.

’The cars whirl, the merrily illuminated water jets splash and just for a little while we forget where we are.'

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