portal is the result of an citizen-involving art project. the lighting art piece shows 50 variant color combinations made from the citizens of the area.
based on joint walks in the area, tina ratzer encouraged the residents of the area, children, the youth as the elderly, to select colors from their public areas, such as facades, playgrounds and sidewalk, for a common design process.
tina ratzer hold several color workshops where citizens have learned to mix their selected colors based on the 3 primary colors; red, yellow and blue and in interplay with simple shapes from the apartment blocks, the swings on the playground and the windmills on the harbor in the city, colors and shapes are fused into a artworks that pave the way for the final artwork for the area.
“through color workshops I use myself as a tool to create presence and trust. I involve the citizens, the children, the youth as the elderly people in the area I work to take part and co-ownership in the design process and together we develop one-of-a-kind decorations for their area.”
the art project and the work are part of project 6705 + the danish art foundation, where the art foundation in collaboration with esbjerg municipality, local actors and citizens creates art experiences in the area by stengårdsvej.
photographer torben meyer og tina ratzer
danish art foundation
johan hoffmann fonden