The interesting part is that this spot, which is the shelter where the gas pumps used to be, resembles a plaza and is open to everyone. The addition of comfortable couches underneath the LED Cloud offers a unique view to the installation and a great chance to enjoy and relax in a special, almost surreal environment. This space, that somehow functions as a transitional public space, is rare to be found in the area of Amsterdam. I can only imagine how great it would be to spend a summer night in this place!
This former gas station, which consists of the shelter and a small building, is now known in the local community as the Roze Tanker (Pink Tank). Samenscholers, a foundation which develops and supports social and cultural projects, decided to take this space under its protection and management, and give a second life to it by opening it up to the public. The Roze Tanker hosts exhibitions, workshops, music events, yoga sessions and even the ceremonies of a Ghanaian church.
The refurbishment of the Roze Tanker is part of the regeneration and revitalization process that is happening in Amsterdam Noord in order to create a local central park — a big public green space called Noorderpark that would give new perspectives to the local community. The Roze Tanker, and its neighbor yellow ‘brother’, will act as the cultural and creative poles of the area. The installation of LED Cloud turns on its lights in public for the first time today at 5 PM, and of course everyone’s more welcome to join! You can see the more detailed invitation here.