By Lieneke Hulshof

The work of Hans van Houwelingen is characterised by making interventions in public space, whereby he examines the relationship between art, politics and the environment. Such as the transfer point in the little village of Doornspijk in the Veluwe (forested region in the Netherlands). Every day a bus stops there at two identical bus stops located on opposite sides of the N310 highway. People embark and disembark. It is a daily ritual for many people in the village, a departure for those who embark, and an arrival for those who disembark. From the bus you can't determine whether it has arrived or is leaving; it all depends on your perspective. The two bus stops and the village's cemetery are extremely close to one another. Both bus stops have as destination 'cemetery', thus shedding a rather special light on the location. ‘You arrived at this destination thousands of times, but one day will be the last time. You left this place thousands of times, without realising that one day you will leave it forever. Sooner or later, your journey will come to an end.’