LOCATION: HMS Plutostraat 1

Street Art at Haagse Milieu Service

Six artists who are affiliated by THSA each painted 2 contiguous panels for the Haagse Milieu Service (HMS)

Each artist worked from his or her point of view with the theme: waste. 

Sophia den Breems has inspired her design on hermit crabs.

"Hermit crabs are known to use shells as a house to protect their vulnerable abdomen. Because hermit crabs keep growing, but their shells don’t, they often have to look for a new house. Unfortunately shells at land are scarce. However, the man creates so much waste that the animals adapt their natural habitat to it. Sad, but at least our hermit crabs use in their favor. "


The idea of Roelof Schierbeek lies in metal.

"Metallic comes in different colours and shapes. Bent and melted, eventually this material gets a new life. This design literally shows bended metal and finds a new future in the spatial light, the light at the end of the tunnel of a recycled piece of metal.


Artist Thomas Klaui was inspired by "The yellow bags" against the seagulls. "This illustration shows the moment when the bags disappear into the garbage truck intact and the gulls remain disappointed. On the truck itself you see some patches of waste being displayed, to give an impression of how they are being squeezed in the truck. Everything in minimal colours, but in the colours of HMS. "



According to Stijn Kosterman waste will always have a negative load because it is dirty.


"But unfortunately there is no way to escape the waste, the battle against waste will always and everywhere be fought. What strikes me is how The Hague fights this battle with inventive solutions to handle the waste and/or continues to improve recycling. Not only technologies improves itself in this fight, also the appearance of the waste treatment process changes in a positive way. A trash can is not just a trash can where you walk along just to throw your trash in, but also a design object that fits in the Hague’s streetscape . Despite the approach of a trash can as an art object it will remain a trash can while standing in the street. In my painting I picture a trashcan in the middle of an exhibition space as a work of art. On the wall you see two paintings inspired to the garbage truck and the trash cans under the ground. In this way I life the waste treatment process and the philosophy behind it into art… whatever it is’’


Nienke Lit sees waste as the stuff we use in life. "They start as a solid form (abstract) and yet we form memories by objects, the memory will remain until the objects outgrow their solid form and become liquid (organic). The solid form is gone: it becomes waste but has contributed to our good or bad moments which we will take with us forever….’’



According to Steven van Bodegraven (Donzige Deef) waste belongs in the thrashbin.

"The wheelie bin is pictured here as a hotel where the waste stays temporarily before it is being picked up by HMS."



In addition to the panels, young talents Quinten Brouwer and Jet Opperman painted a piece of concrete next to it.
"The design is made up of garbage, you see nails, wooden planks, tires and other metal objects which can be found in waste.  
I also put a some arrows in the painting which represent the three arrows recycle attribute ".