Inspired by the archaeological theme of the Contreie district, a structural object design was created for Vrachelsplein. The art object is a large representation of a Dolium. A Dolium is a large, round or cylindrical earthenware vessel with a wide neck opening. It was used by the Romans to store or transport goods such as grain. The shape of a Dolium was used as the basis for this design. A 3D structure was extracted from it and then divided into two fragments This creates an open and spatial object, and creates the illusion that the Dolium was actually excavated.
With its archaeological theme, the object fits beautifully into the Contreie district. Residents can walk through the open structure of the object or sit or hang out in the structure. Through this interaction, the Dolium also provides opportunities to meet and connect.
Oosterhout has a rich pottery history and when the Dolium is considered a very large pot, the design not only fits perfectly in the new neighbourhood but also fits perfectly in Oosterhout. As a result, the connection between the new district de Contreie and Oosterhout will be made physical with a new characteristic Structural art object.
Besides its characteristic design, the Dolium is also produced in a special way. The hybrid construction consists of a combination of a traditionally produced collar, combined with structural parts produced by 3D metal printing. The choice of 3D metal-printing also contributes to a highly durable art object. By using this technique, a high degree of efficiency is achieved, there is hardly any waste and low Co2 emissions. In addition, the Dolium will be the largest 3D printed Structural art object made of CorTen steel in the Netherlands.