Let us leave this place where the smoke blows black
And the dark street winds and bends.
Past the pits where the asphalt flowers grow
We shall walk with a walk that is measured and slow,
And watch where the chalk-white arrows go
To the place where the sidewalk ends.
'Where the Sidewalk Ends', Shel Silverstein, 1974
The boundaries that run through the Zuidas, between public and private, closed and open, present an exciting and stimulating environment for an art route. A place where tracks are still being beaten into being by passing feet; a place of collective dreams for an ideal world; the niches and ragged fringes forming an inspiring framework for the development of new artworks. Where the Sidewalk Ends, GET LOST - art route invites visitors to explore and stray. The title is taken from the ever grisly, but compelling children’s author Shel Silverstein.
GET LOST - art route 2015 trails along the Zuidas, from east to west. This connection – between Beatrix Park and the Olympic Stadium – is an important cycle and walking route. It links the financial district with the sport axis. Like the path of life, it is impossible to summarise this link in a single sentence. Or, as Italo Calvino so beautifully put it:
I could tell you how many steps make up the streets rising like stairways, and the degree of the arcades’ curves, and what kind of zinc scales cover the roods; but I already know this would be the same as telling you nothing. The city does not consist of this, but of relationships between the measurements of its space and the events of its past..
'Invisible Cities', Italo Calvino, 1972
Dreamland is not your typical audio guide. Instead of leading you or explaining the artworks on the route, this audio experience will accompany you as you walk. It will be by your side wherever you feel like going. You will hear love stories set in airports, dreamy songs, and curious thoughts.
By David Bernstein, Styrmir Örn Guðmundsson and Rosa Sijben.