Mural "The Rainbow Serpent"
at Spuistraat 199, Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
Acrylic on stonewall, 10 x 20 meter,
Patries van Elsen
1999
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THE POWER OF COLOUR AND LIGHT

The refract of light creates a pallet to colours.
Every colour has its specific irradiation and functioning. For this reason a painting or object is not only an image, but it has also an interaction with the space around.

An example of this is the mural painting, "The rainbowsnake" in the Spuistraat in Amsterdam. This mural-painting sparkles of colour and has mainly a warm yellow irradiation.
The occupants of opposite houses are very enthusiastic.
They told that because of this mural, they now get more "sunlight" in their houses.

It is a challenge for Patries van Elsen to look at every location which colours must be used, so that that spot comes optimally to its rights in relation with the surroundings.

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