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Swart Tiles

Remco Swart

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After graduating at the Gerrit Rietveld Academy in 2004, Remco Swart started the post graduate course in the applied arts department of the Sandberg Institute in Amsterdam. Here he went further with his patterns build up from photos, printed on tiles. This resulted in the creation of the RESPECT-monument for the city of Amsterdam. Remco Swart started thinking of ways to decorate tiles in a different way as printing and other normal techniques.
he was asked by Forensic Centre Teylingereind, a youth

For this artwork i made use of the swartiles concept. Together with EGM Architects Gary Cornell and Ton Bakker we developed the initial concept to make it part of the building itself.
The monument is now part of the facade of the new extention building designed by EGM Architects. It is build up from 6 large (2,5 x 2 meters) concrete custom made wall panels with an inlayed grid. An abstracted luminescent (glow in the dark) outline of the world map finds its way though this grid. The luminescent paste collects light during the day and glows during nighttime. Normally lume only glows for several minutes, but this paste slowely loses it
The monument starts out as a grey decorated panel or wall and, over a period of a few years, it is slowly filled with coloured ceramic tiles decorated by the youngsters with a personal 2d message, printed on the tiles. This proces is supervised and co
At this moment the building is being build and the munument is allready installed, but not visable yet.
‘prison’ in Sassenheim the Netherlands, to think about a ’wall of fame’ for kids leaving the prison after their imprisonment. My idea was that youngsters that leave the prison should mark this important time period in their life with a fysical action. I created a large grid with an abstracted outline of the world map. Each person who leaves the prison, places a tile with a personal message in the grid. This action marks a important moment. The end and start of a period; placing themselfs in the world again, and leaving a message behind for the ones who still have to finish their imprisonment.’s intention over a period of approx. 8 hours.ördinated to guard the quality of the finalised art work.
At the toilet he got the idea of changing the orthogonal grid of covering walls, without making it a mosaic. Remco Swart started trying to cut and mill standard tiles. To his surprise this worked quite well, except for the splinters of glace coming of the tiles. Because of this messy way of cutting he searched for another technique and found this at Formit, a company specialised in plastic casings for medical and industrial machines. They helped him developing tiles with their technique. The result is a series of very different tiles in (so far) three different materials with a lot of possibilities. The other materials are armoured concrete and ceramic.

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