Filmed and edited by Jan Swienink
Cities are a process and so is Presikhaaf. This neighborhood of Arnhem build in the 50’s is a place subject to transition and changes. Today, 50 years later, the redevelopment of Presikhaaf is in a full swing. New buildings are build, some get destroyed and reconstructed, always changing the face of the neighborhood and developing new area.
Inspired by the famous drawing of M.C. Escher “Relativity”, Chuck-a-luck is a mobile and changing structure that comes in public spaces. It is a cubic structure enable to turn, like a dice, offering 6 different faces, 6 different designs and many possibilities. It comes, set up for a while, before moving to a new position, following the development of the city. In interaction with its environment and with the inhabitants, the structure sets up and transform the existing surroundings keeping people in a dynamism favorable for appropriation, interpretation and creation.
M.C. Escher (1898-1972) was a Dutch graphic artist born in Leeuwarden. His family moved to Arnhem in 1903 where he attended primary and secondary school until 1918. in the 50’s he drew his most popular work “Relativity”.
Chuck-a-luck was inaugurated on the 6th june 2014 in a happy atmosphere. The structure became a stage for a concert, an abstarct landscape for a dance performance or even a boat, a shop, a dragon in the imagination of the children.
This also was the start of the Children’s Art Festival that is organised each year by Motel Spatie and Locatie Spatie in Park Presikhaaf where the Chuck-a-Luck is on display.