The Erasmusbridge is the number one landmark in the city of Rotterdam and in 2006 I made it my private postal address for nine weeks by attaching a mailbox to the main pylon. As a sequel of sorts the FRANK Foundation Rotterdam asked me to make the above work as part of their Playing The Erasmus Bridge (P.T.E.B.) project.
On Spam, Lectori Salutem #6 is a text taken from my spamfilter and a subtle thank you to the many holiday greetings I was lucky enough to receive in my mailbox on that exact same location ten years earlier. For the people who don’t know the story of mailbox, including the many tourist who walk the bridge every day, it is mostly a friendly greeting that might raise a few questions. Recently the work has been included in the collection of Sculpture International Rotterdam. Making it, as far as I know, the only permanently installed line of spam text in public space in the world.
To celebrate this joyous new and as an opening/inclusion-in-the-collection ceremony of sorts I am giving two bicycle tours through the centre of Rotterdam. Stopping at places where people, through their own subtle self-initiative, have been able to visually change the look and feel of their city and claim it as their own. We meet up between 17:45-17:00 and will take it from there. Pease feel free to join us.
Practical info :
Friday March 23
Friday April 6
Starting point: new work Niels Post Erasmusbrug
Finish: The oldest bar in Rotterdam
Number of participants: 15 max.
Free of charge
RSVP by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
(picture by @ijzerman86)