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Graffiti art chosen for ministry building

Published: 26 July 2018Modified: 26 July 2018

Erwin Verkade has been selected to paint a graffiti artwork measuring 40 square metres on the former Ministry of Social Affairs (SoZa) building. Verkade is an artist from The Hague Street Art. His design won the highest percentage of votes (45%) out of the 3 concepts.

The designs by the 3 artists for the graffiti artwork were presented during the opening van SoZa. People could vote for their favourite design until 20 July. Erwin Verkade’s design shows the iconic buildings of the Central Innovation District (CID) is his personal style and includes the 3 stations, the ‘Netkous’, ministries and the Strijkijzer building. The graffiti artwork with the CID skyline will be unveiled on Friday, 31 August.

Winning design by Erwin Verkade
Winning design by Erwin Verkade

Central Innovation District

The CID is the area between and around The Hague’s 3 train stations (Central Station, Hollands Spoor and Laan van NOI) and represents the economic nucleus of The Hague and the region. It now provides work for nearly 80,000 people and has 30,000 students. Some 45,000 people live in the area in 23,000 homes. A unique mix of organisations are located in the CID:

  • knowledge institutes
  • larger and smaller businesses
  • government agencies
  • non-governmental organisations
  • innovative incubator spots and other organisations.

These partners will be featured in the artwork as far as it is possible.

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    CID, Central Innovation District. Laan van NOI station (Photo: Martijn Beekman)
    CID, Central Innovation District. Laan van NOI station (Photo: Martijn Beekman)