Buurtwacht

(Dutch for ‘Neighborhood Watch’) was made in response to public concerns about the opening of a refugee center in Maastricht. The entrance of the center was relocated in order to reduce the chance of contact between local citizens and asylum-seekers. The project proposed a symbolic alternative for this forced separation by inserting a cultural artifact in the neighborhood which is both local and foreign. The intervention was based on a Mesopotamian bull man statue from the old entrance to the Jesuit caves in Maastricht, once sculpted by local Jesuit-scholars to express their interest in other cultures. The statue was scanned, animated and used for a mobile projection in the streets surrounding the refugee center.