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Thijs Lansbergen

Location
Liesboslaan
Material
Latex on plaster
Year
2017

Oldest deciduous forest

The first record of the Liesbos dates back to 1268, making it one of the oldest Dutch deciduous forests. From the 15th century the forest was owned by the Nassaus, who mainly used it for hunting. The royals would ride through the forest in a carriage and used hunting falcons to hunt blue herons, among others. A fortification made sure that no wildlife could escape from the forest. In 1795 the forest became open to the public.

Edwin Wiekens

From vandalised underpass to beautiful Kloek

Near the forest lies ‘de Kloek’, a much used underpass between Breda and the Liesbos. Neighbourhood association ‘De Liesbundel’ contacted the Blind Walls Gallery to spruce up the blotched, dark tunnel. Thijs Lansbergen (NL) took inspiration from the rich history of the area and its residents. His mural is a cheerful arrangement of the forest, plants, birds, squirrels, falcons and people that walk, cycle or eat together.

Ewin Wiekens

About the artist

Thijs Lansbergen

From
The Netherlands
Profession
Illustrator
Website
Thijs Lansbergen

Thijs Lansbergen makes illustrations for magazines, posters, banners, beer labels, infographics and much more. Thijs also paint murals on pillars, school corridors and tunnels.