The gigantic illuminated paper boat, about 60 times the size of a folded origami boat… A paper boat is a very simple, sympathetic, and yet strong archetypical image easily recognized and appreciated by everyone. Its shape is unmistakable. A paper boat! From our childhood! The friendly paper boat has been named Intrepid, meaning ‘brave’, or better yet, ‘audacious’. The boat might refer to the illustrious history of the Dutch East Indies in Amsterdam and the impressive wooden trading ships that once docked here. Instead, with my simple approach, I highlight what the city stands for: safety and security, a place with beacons and landmarks that have become a part of the daily lives of the city’s residents.
The steel structure consists of 12 triangles. Each triangle is individually cladded with Barrisol membrane. The material provides sleek, paper-like, seamless surface and, thanks to its outstanding reflecting and diffusing properties, contributes to even light distribution.
The lighting scheme is very simple – 24 LED wall washers installed at the base of the frame. Precise focusing and carefully selected colour scheme create that glowing lantern effect.