Painting The River Through Town

From Henk Hofstra, “In April 2007, het Moleneind, a road in Drachten, The Netherlands, is painted blue to symbolise the water. It is 1000 meters long and 8 meters wide. It was created to form an urban river and recreate the path of a waterway that used to be where the road currently runs. They will start to dig a new canal here in 2008. The text WATER IS LEVEN is written on the blue road. The water will bring back life again in the centre of Drachten.”

I would love to see this done at Turcot bringing the Riviere Saint Pierre back to life, if only symbolically, for a little while. Anyone interested in this kind of idea should email me at

And here is a bonus image for those who like the potential of art on ground level. More here.


10 responses to “Painting The River Through Town

  1. I would absolutely love to do something like this in Montreal. Do you have any more takers?

  2. I find it surprising in that Drachten project that they didn’t think to plant the shrubby patch between the painted pavement with some vigorous blue flowers. Something like that might also work at Turcot if there’s any exposed soil.

  3. This is such a good idea. The Dutch and the Swede’s always have such a creative twist on things. I would love to participate in a project like this.

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