What is the meaning of objects in public space and how do they impact their surroundings? The works of multidisciplinary artist Sil Krol take a playful approach to the visual language used in public spaces and what it tells us. With his site-specific installations and monumental sculptures, he creates spontaneous interventions that encourage the public to explore these spaces in unconventional ways.
In 2018 Krol created his Fietsbelcarillon (bicycle bell chimes) for Kaapstad Tilburg. He placed a tower with a set of chimes at the top on the Pieter Vreedeplein, a city square where cyclists frequently have run-ins with pedestrians – quite literally. By ringing the bells, passers-by could direct traffic, or disrupt its flow, or just make a lot of noise. This year, the Fietsbelcarillon is coming to Fort Ruigenhoek.
Sil Krol studied at St. Joost School of Art & Design in Breda and continued his studies at the Sandberg Instituut in Amsterdam. With his notorious graduation piece White box with Blue and Orange stripes he commanded the art world’s immediate attention in 2010. It led to a range of commissions, mainly for work in public space.