The new public art by Arne Quinze, called ‘Whispers’, consists of a series of 20 unique steel shapes that are created by the Belgian artist in his atelier in Luik, Belgium. This will be his first permanent and public request in the Netherlands and will be revealed on Wednesday the 16th of December at the Koningsplein in Enschede, the Netherlands.
‘Whispers’ is part of the renovation of the Koningsplein, as a car-less city square as well as part of the ideal of Arne Quinze to change cities into open air museums. With his concept ‘Cities Like Open Air Museums’ the artist already successfully started the conversation in cities like Shanghai, São Paulo, New York, Seoul, Munich, Brussels, etc., by placing art in public areas, kicking off the dialog regarding our current urban planning.
Using ‘Whispers’, the artist draws the attention to the link between city and nature, which is becoming weaker by the day. This causes our cities to develop in a monotone way, resulting in unpleasant, culturally poor city centers. ’Whispers’ serves as a symbol for the fight to allow more of mother nature into our cities. They form the first sprouts of this victory.
Arne Quinze also set up ‘Whispers’ earlier this year on the River Walk of the San Antonio Historical Natural Park in the United States. This sets the ‘Whispers’ in a UNESCO world natural heritage site, far away from the city. The artist stated, " The natural habitat of my creations, where they grow up strong before heading to the cities to make those more human."