Concerning air quality

in collaboration with City of Amsterdam and GGD

A giant (fictional;)) spider weaves a luminous web, full of valuable information. Artist Katie Urban shows in her spider web, the shape of which is based on the map of Amsterdam, how the air quality in different parts of the city changed during the corona crisis. The data she used for this has been collected and mapped by the GGD Amsterdam.

UPDATE 06.10.2020: Questions for the councilor
Today we visited Sharon Dijksma, councilor for Traffic and Transport, Water and Air Quality. She explained to us why good air quality is so important for the residents of Amsterdam, and what the City of Amsterdam is doing to improve it.

UPDATE 02.10.2020: Testing with light!
After the sketching phase, it is time to test the material. Which light source is the best for the web? Several tests are carried out together with the technical producer, for the best result.

UPDATE 29.09.2020: Analyzing data
The air quality of the city of Amsterdam is measured every day. Amsterdam is one of the few cities to have a network of measuring points in the city. The GGD uses these points to examine how air quality is developing. Artist Katie Urban processes this data in her artwork. "In addition to data on air quality, the GGD helps me to understand and provide insight into scientific research, which inspired me to create the artwork!", Says Katie.

Update 26.09.2020: It all begins with sketches
Katie explores the different shapes that spider webs take. How do the webs actually hang? Everything starts with getting inspiration and making sketches!

UPDATE 24.09.2020 - Meet Katie!


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