Witteveen+Bos Art+Technology Award
Outdoor café at 'Deventer op Stelten' festival
Artwork as a promotional gift every 5 years
Art and technology
Witteveen+Bos has a special relationship with art. Perhaps we feel an affinity with artists, who know how much thought, expertise and creativity are required to deliver results at the highest level and to bring about innovation?
One of the ways in which our special relationship with art is reflected is our very own art award – the Witteveen+Bos Art+Technology Award, which was established in honour of our 55th anniversary. The award, handed out annually, is in recognition of the entire body of work of an artist who combines and explores art and technology in his or her works. During the award ceremony and opening of the associated exhibit, employees and business relations – from the engineering industry and the art world – can meet each other in a special setting. Joint exploration, knowledge sharing and greater curiosity will encourage all stakeholders to be even more innovative and help us find answers to societal developments.
Ever since our 25th anniversary, we commission an artwork to use as a promotional gift every five years. The first one was a ceramic tablet by Dutch pottery company Royal Tichelaar Makkum, which was followed by many other artworks. The ‘dialogue heads’ by artist Jan Snoeck are probably the best known artwork, because it was installed right outside our Leeuwenbrug office in Deventer in 2001. The most recent artwork (2016) was a self-portrait made out of chocolate, entitled ‘The Engineer’, by Congolese artist Daniel Manenga, who we were introduced to by Dutch artist Renzo Martens.
Outdoor café at ‘Deventer op Stelten’ festival
In the Netherlands, we organise our own meeting place for employees and their families once a year during the country’s biggest event for stilt walking performance art.