o teatro de passagem - 2016

 May 15th IBart Drost started to make murals on the walls of the four rooms of an abandoned railway station at Évora Monte, Portugal.
 After six days he had painted over 60.000 little blue ?wavelets? by hand on the walls and the work was finished.

The four rooms each have his own character: from the left to the right: room 1 has three layers of blue, room 2 two layers, room 3 one layer and in room 4 on the mural one small detail of the painting in room 4 is hugely enlarged.

On a wall in the fourth room I finally signed a kind of summary table, which showed how many wavelets I painted one certain wall in a day.

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breaking the walls

'Everytime again it?s the same strange story:  you go somewhere completely blank, no idea what to do and then suddenly "you see the light?. That?s what also this time happened to me on the second day of my residence at Obras. We walked along through those beautifull flowery meadow - no man to see - and suddenly at the left there was an old abonded railway station. Immdeiatly I fell in love with it?

And then right away, like a waterfall the ideas and images well in me, even a title shows up. In a way that is so strong that the project in my head is already finished. To realize it looks like a piece of cake'

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making the murals

Breaking  down the brick walls in the doors of the railway station was just part one of the whole project. Of course one had his doubts: will and can he really do this? Because it takes a lot of energy and time.

Well, demolishing the doors took almost three hours each and a lot of powerfull blows with a sledgehammer. And of course a couple of days to clear away the debris and to clean everything that it looks like it was never been otherwise.

May 15th I started to build up again.
The four rooms of the station (the 4th and 5th door lead into one big space) had to be ?restyled?. I decided to make in each of them one mural that covered an entire wall.

After six days I had painted over 60.000 little blue ?wavelets? by hand on the walls and the work was finished.

The four rooms each have his own character: from the left to the right: room 1 has three layers of blue, room 2 two layers, room 3 one layer and in room 4 on the mural one small detail of the painting in room 4 is hugely enlarged.

On a wall in the fourth room I finally signed a kind of summary table, which showed how many wavelets I painted one certain wall in a day.
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de show

Bart Drost invited his resident friends to participate in the opening of 'o teatro de passagem':


'As the title says, the work is about ?passing by? and at the same time it supposed to be a theater. A theater needs a program and participators who will do their acts. Therefore I ask you all to be willing to participate in ?o teatro de passagem?.

It would be great if you could give a tribute to the theater show: maybe you can dance, read, make music, do a performance or even make ugly poems on the theme. It doesn?t have to last long,  a few minutes will do.

We could make a beautiful late afternoon together, with spectacle, eat drink and ? who knows ? visitors. (At least there will be no art critics, gallery owners or other big ones from the art scene, so you can feel free to do whatever you want!).'


On Tuesday May 24 they performed together in a wonderfull show.


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