At first sight, the Stayerhofweg in Wanssum is an ordinary and rather boring road through an industrial area. The road is in need of replacement and has been assigned as a test location for circular design: it is to become the first fully circular road in the Netherlands, using only local residual materials. The construction, design and test phase is therefore not subject to the usual time pressure, there is room for experimentation and creativity.
The problem with a circularly constructed road is this: the new road will largely look exactly like the old one. The circular and green character will remain invisible to the general public. But how do you foster an understanding for circular thinking if it remains largely invisible?
The engineers involved in the construction of the road are therefore interested in artistic interventions in this process.
How do you make an invisible green and environmental approach visible?
It’s a pilot project in circulair economy. The companies located along the road have been invited to supply their residual flows as well: there is a large pallet factory, but also a food laboratory. There is the invitation/possibility to make a permanent intervention.
Wanssum is a small village (1890 inhabitants) with a number of associations. Offers opportunities to think about circularity together with the inhabitants as well as with the companies. The surroundings of the village have changed dramatically in recent years due to a new, freer course of the River Maas.