6 Years Ago, I Designed A Huge Digital Mural For Rotterdam’s Markthal And It’s Still The Craziest Project In My Career

6 years ago, I got involved in the craziest roller coaster ride of my career so far. I was invited to a pitch for what was supposed to be the largest “mural” in the Netherlands. More specifically, the real estate developer Provast was looking for a design on the round ceiling, like the Sistene Chapel in Rome, in the market hall they were already building. The 40-meter-high Markthal Rotterdam was an uber-ambitious design by Winny Maas from MVRDV, the world-famous architectural bureau in Rotterdam.

9 artists were selected. I was kind of a wild card, but after 2 rounds of competition, I got the phone call of my life—they’d chosen my design! Then, the ride had begun: I signed a contract and had 3 months to complete the job, delivering a 2-soccer-fields-wide 150 dpi digital image. So I gathered a team of 3D experts and friends to help me out.

Everything was crazy and unknown: how do I render such a big image? Such a large image cannot even exist on its own. In the end, the team came up with a plan to render the image in 5 layers from 100 tiles, like a chessboard, on a render farm in New Zealand. I think it was built there for Lord of The Rings.

Anyway, we succeeded and the material was printed on 4,000 aluminum sheets that were mounted on the ceiling. After nearly a year, we could finally see the full result.Our team consisted of Iris Roskam, Michiel van Ieperen, Frank aan de Stegge, and Dustin Kershaw. Mothership Art produced it.

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With a total surface area of 11,000 square meters, “Horn of Plenty” is one of the largest works of art in the world

Image credits: Ossip van Duivenbode

The composition is dubbed “Sistine Chapel of Rotterdam”

Digital image depicts vegetables, fruits, animals, and architectural details, enhanced with special effects

Image credits: Ossip van Duivenbode

Image credits: Ossip van Duivenbode

Image credits: Ossip van Duivenbode

Image credits: Ossip van Duivenbode

Image credits: Ossip van Duivenbode

Image credits: Ossip van Duivenbode

Initial visualization

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As a professional artist I work mostly in the field of public art . 
In my eclectic work I like to fuse the old and the new, make crossovers between styles, times and topics. Crossover is my middlename, I don’t like to be labeled a single genre or subcultre, I try to defy those rules.
I love the multimedium that a computer is as a tool and combine 3d graphics, printing, cnc waterjet techniques with oldschool materials and media such as mozaik and Delft Blue tiles.

My most wellknown work is the ceiling of the Markthal in Rotterdam, a 2 soccerfield wide 3d rendering echoing the Sisteen Chappel. Read more »

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