Studio Giftig painted this beautiful image on a heat pump station near the Reeshof neighbourhood. In the design (commissioned by Ennatuurlijk) the red clouded skye and the leaves and owls are a reference to warmth and nature. 83% of the heat network (district heating) in Tilburg is currently supplied by the RWE power station (aka Amer power station). A lot of heat is released during the production of electricity. Part of that heat is extracted and used by Ennatuurlijk to heat homes and businesses. This is more sustainable than traditionally generated heat and is an important contribution to the transition to clean and sustainable energy in the Netherlands.
Kaspar van Leek (1983, Philipsburg St. Maarten) en Niels van Swaemen (1981, Eindhoven) are the founders of Studio Giftig, an urban artist duo based in the Netherlands. They specialize in photorealistic paintings and murals, often with a surrealistic twist. Each work they make is unique, because they photograph their own models to use for their paintings. Kaspar and Niels met in 2007, when both of them were already active in street art for some time. From 2007 the first collaboration projects were picked up and a vacant warehouse served as base for their studio. Within this warehouse there was a storage room for toxic substances and chemicals, where they kept their paint and spray cans. The name Studio Giftig refers to this storage room (because giftig in Dutch means Toxic). In 2012 they decided to fully devote themselves to murals.
Hunted by Rian Nijssen.
Pictures by Rian Nijssen (@riannijssen).