Location – Terheijdenstraat
Material – Latex on plaster
Year – 2018
Photography – Edwin Wiekens, Rosa Meininger
This whopper of a mural, done by Joren Joshua, stretches to 130(!) meters. The mural Is based on the story of Cornelius van Gogh, Vincent van Gogh’s forgotten younger brother, and the Backer & Rueb machine factory.
Joren’s creation shows the coming and going of factory workers, assembling the trains that made Backer & Rueb famous. It also features a man with bright orange hair, that man is Cornelius (Cor) van Gogh, Vincent van Gogh’s younger brother. Because of his technical background, Cor worked at Backer & Rueb for a few years. Cor didn’t enjoy the Netherlands much, so he moved to South Africa, where he worked as a draftsman for the South-African Railways. Eventually, Cor joined the army during the Second Boer War. Sadly Cor wasn’t much of a fighter, and he quickly ended up in the hospital, where he committed suicide at the young age of 32.
This mural is part of the Van Gogh Murals, a collaboration with Van Gogh Brabant and Zuidlijn. The project aims to make five murals in five cities: Tilburg, Eindhoven, Helmond, Den Bosch and Breda.
Joren Joshua spent two weeks painting the mural, with a little help from Marije Maria, Ilse Weisfelt, Thomas & Jurgen and Fernandoleon.