RE-WIND LHTBI ROTTERDAM
It was 2012.. while Rem Koolhaas’s Vertical City was being completed at the waterfront of the Maas river in Rotterdam; i have started the documentation of one of the most surprising designs i have ever seen in public space so far.
Designed by Superuse, the ReWind urban bench at Willemsplein recalls a beautiful statement: “think big act small”. The object consists in reused discarded-windmills’s blades while the concrete blocks are made of 90% of recycled concrete material from local demolitions.
While wind power has developed rapidly over the past years the economic life cycle of a significant number of first-generation wind turbines is coming to an end. Latest research shows that, by 2050, we will face around 43 million tonnes of wind turbine blade material waste worldwide.
The citizen’s initiative for the monument for sexual and gender diversity received broad support from the city council since 2006. After a series of investigations and campaigns, Willemsplein proved to be the most suitable location.
Rewind has been repainted in June 2020 by Dutch artist and master muralist Mr. June [ David Louf ].
The short documentary, produced for Rotterdam’s Center of Visual Arts [CBK Rdam], aims to expose facts and feelings on how we can improve our cities and our community with the available ingredients; without exploiting new resources.
SHORT DOCUMENTARY INFORMATIONS
Written, filmed and edited by Denis Guzzo.
Type and duration: short documentary 12 minutes including credits.
Languages: Dutch spoken | English subtitles.
With: Monique Marijnissen, Césare Peeren, David Louf, Marjolijn van der Meijden, Talitha Nöllen and Gert-Jan Verboom as representatives of the LHBTI comunity of Rotterdam.
Commissioned by: CBK Rdam | Marjolijn van der Meijden, BKOR program.
Subtitles translation: Tirsa With.
ReWind Design: Superuse Studios | Césare Peeren, Jos de Krieger, Frank Feder.
Client: Municipality of Rotterdam
Materials: 9 pieces x 6 meter discarded-windmills’s blades, concrete with concrete granulate, paint.
LGBTQI Placemaking: Monique Marijnissen.
Repainted by: Mr June [ David Louf ].