Surveillance Stations, 1997
The Hague, NL (1), NL
Commissioner: Stroom Center for Art & Architecture: De Campagne
Photo: Leo van der Kleij
Five Surveillance Stations are sited throughout Den Haag which visibly mark the urban junction when the old city and new city come together. The public, seated in these stations, were the watchdogs of that change as the old city was framed in front, while the new city was viewed, in 180 degree panoramic distortion overhead, from behind. A sequence of images mapped the development of Den Haag in five stages from 1390,1750,1850,1900 and 1945 . Each date represented a moment in time when the city dramatically changed . Each station location marked the place where that change happened in the past and was presently taking place.