The Netherlands, Den Bosch, Markt, July 2009
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Independent from Spain in the 16th century, the Netherlands became a republic. The first ruler (stadhouder) of the Dutch Republic was William of Orange. The first flag adopted by the Dutch was a horizontal tricolour of orange, white and blue. In the mid-17th century, red was made the official colour. In 1814 the Netherlands became a kingdom and still is today.
Ardvanderlinden painted together with local people on the historical market of 's-Hertogenbosch. In changing weather conditions we created a field of 1600 flags. Painting in your hometown is totally different than painting abroad. Dutchmen didn't explain us the history and meaning of our flag and our country. The Dutch people are very curious and direct, asking us many questions. What are you doing?!? Where is this all about?!? We answered all and also gave interviews to NOS headlines and newspapers to explain why we are creating fields of flags.
Many connected with the idea of one mankind, but committed it's hard to practice what you preach. It's remarkable how many Dutch people relate their sharing with others to their religion. The older people want the Dutch to be more proud of their country and the younger generation seems to care less. Some statements:
"I am sure if you look from up there it has a meaning"
"No, I don't paint it is my first holiday"
Unfortunately it started to rain in the afternoon and we had to pack our flags. We could not hand out flags, but will send flags to politicians to spread our message "unity through identity". Thank you Den Bosch!
NOS Headlines Interview Roel
User Reactions on Den Bosch, July 2009
Roel you're the best.....
By: Tamara on: 2009-08-30
but seriously: great project. Love to see more of it, so I will keep my eyes open.
Keep on keeping on.
By: Diederik on: 2009-08-20
By: Albert on: 2009-08-18
Very interesting, I hope your project will get a lot of attention. It is an excellent idea. All the best, Karel Janssen
By: Karel on: 2009-08-02
toch weer gelukt, volgende keer heel het plein vol, woensdag gehaktdag=de markt rond
By: willem on: 2009-07-31
I love DB!
By: Johan on: 2009-07-29
keep up the good work!
By: Brouwerke on: 2009-07-28
Ik wist nie eerst wat ik moest denken, maar helemaal top nu! Doorpakken mannen. Succes nog.
By: Wesley on: 2009-07-28
Yey! Holland!! Leuk hoor!
By: Diana on: 2009-07-27