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Triennale Brugge

Every three years Bruges becomes the host for artist to explore and share their talents with the community in a showcase coined the Triennale Brugge. With the ever-growing popularity of visitors, the Triennale Brugge 2015 took on their concept in terms of posing a set of question to their artists. What would happen if the 5 million visitors who come yearly to Bruges decided to stay? What would happen to Bruges as it transformed from a quaint city to a bustling center. Would Bruges be able to adapt and become an urban center despite its history?

When departing the train station, you are shown the first piece that explores the Triennials question: a boxcar named The Passage Room that has been transformed by Daniel Dewaele into a welcome station to discuss even more questions. The Passage Room invites those who visit or live in Bruges to write down what they dream to accomplish during their stay. Guests of The Passage Room fill out a questionnaire in the form of a voting ballot to express their thoughts on the city, why they would want to become a citizen and what they plan to do during their stay. Filled out forms in nine different language are posted on the walls for others to read and identity with. This physical form of migration and tourism highlights the wonders of Bruges and how, no matter the city, we are all connected by our passions.

Settled in the Market Square of Bruges is another grand Triennale piece, the Diamondscope by architect Vibeke Jensen. This octagonal mirrored shell is stories high and focuses on creating an intimate space for residents and visitors to meet and converse. Inside the Diamondscope there is just enough room for two people. The goal is to foster a genuine interaction between one visitor and one resident by sharing the intimate space and observing their surroundings while being protected by the safety of mirrored walls. The Diamondscope brings together the curiosity of visitors and residents alike.

A third out door art piece at the Triennale Brugge is The Tree Huts in Bruges. The Tree Huts resemble the play sets that children spent their days with outside and add a whimsical touch to the Beguinage garden. Balanced high into the treetops, the huts have been created as protectors of the city and a landmark for imagination. On the edge of the exhibit are signs that call for total silence and composed behavior. The playful idea behind the huts against the stark rules, reminiscent of those found at school, are what creates a fun yet thought provoking space to discover Bruges.

Triennale Brugge 2015’s collection of exhibits and activities will continue to expand and evolve throughout the summer. Take the day to explore the 14 outdoor installations, 3 indoor venues, and 32 momentary activities. Enjoy!

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