Gijs van Bon


Slowly moving backward, the sand writer Blom draws in the streets. Sand comes out of his long arm and decorates the ground;
a large flowery carpet,
an ivy garland or a flock of little hearts.

Small buckets filled with coloured sand are placed close to the drawings so that everyone can colour them and add a personal touch.

Abandoned to their fate, the drawings will be destroyed by man, nature or time;
only a memory will remain.

Gijs van Bon is widely known for his abstract kinetic artworks, light art, and time-specific art installations. In his highly conceptual yet decidedly physical works, elements of technology, art and theatrical performance seamlessly intersect. Van Bon makes use of an ever-growing repertoire of technical inventions and materials to design his slowly moving and carefully choreographed objects. These multidisciplinary objects and installations often ‘come to life’, becoming autonomous, theatrical events in and of themselves. Both his smaller and larger-scale pieces invite viewers to look closer while simultaneously expanding their notions of time, language and space.

Van Bon (1975) attended Design Academy Eindhoven and received his advanced training at HKU at the Department of theatre Design. From 2001 onward, his work has been shown in galleries, art centres and at events and festivals all over the world. Van Bon lives in Nuenen and works in his dynamic studio ‘La Citta Mobile’ in the city of Eindhoven among other artists and designers.

Artistic creation   Gijs van Bon
Performers   Gijs van Bon, Benno Hartjes, Bram Duijf 

Facts & Figures

  • outdoor | indoor
  • walk act
  • language no problem
  • audience participation
  • suitable for all ages
  • 240 minutes
  • 1 x per day
  • Eindhoven (NL)
  • Website

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