MAASTRICHT. On Monday, the artwork of photographer Robin de Puy was unveiled in the renovated carré building at the Tapijnkazerne. It is a gallery of portraits - including those of Maastricht students - that together should express the diversity that Maastricht University stands for. The photos are printed on the thirty-meter long awning that hangs in front of the glass facade at the entrance.
De Puy came to Maastricht in January to take pictures of students in the Bonnefanten Museum and at UM Sport. Earlier, she already photographed a pregnant woman and a 90-year-old. “These portraits must together form a kind of lifeline,” De Puy said at the time. “I usually start with a form. Then I'm going to fill it in with faces. I always think it's a bit like sculpting.”
The Art and Heritage Committee of the UM chose De Puy because “diversity, which should be the theme of the work, keeps coming back to her,” says Mieke Derickx, curator of the committee.
Last week it was also announced that thanks to the renovation, the square building has achieved the highest attainable qualification of sustainability. It concerns the so-called "BREEAM-NL Excellent" quality mark. BREEAM, which stands for Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Method, is the most used quality mark in Europe to assess and measure the sustainability performance of buildings and areas.