Strangers in the Light
Strangers in the Light consists of two several meters high sculptures, a green one and a red one, which we recognize immediately as the two figures in all the pedestrian crossing lights we know. But although these hominoid characters may be quite familiar to us, it struck the artists that those two never saw or met each other The moment one of them appears, the other vanishes, which is why they keep slipping away from each other. Now they have escaped their casing and are about to shake hands. The work is created by the Amsterdam artists Ina Smits and Victor Engbers, a duo specializing in making iconic sculptures.
‘Strangers in the Light is about the diversity of inhabitants of and visitors to a city like Amsterdam, who see each other every day, but who aren’t likely to meet. It is about worlds that are close togeter, but seperate all the same.’ With this work of art the artists hope to create a place where visitors will take the trouble to shake hands with a stranger. Who knows, this first handshake may be the beginning of a friendship for life. The title is derived from Frank Sinatra’s song Strangers in the Night, exchanging glances. Wondering in the night, what were the chances?
Victor Engbers & Ina Smits
Creative myriad & artist
After studying law and journalism and finally attending the Gerrit Rietveld Academy, Victor Engbers could be considered an all-around artist. He works as a journalist but also creates large sculptures, graphic work, and takes the stage as a performance artist. The majority of his work revolves around one theme: don’t take the world for granted. He created the work Strangers in the Light in collaboration with artist Ina Smits.