Erasmus University Rotterdam commemorates 110th anniversary with street-art. Photo credit: Alexander Santos Lima

EUR celebrates 110 years with street-art by Mick La Rock

ROTTERDAM, 2 November 2023 – Erasmus University Rotterdam celebrates its 110th anniversary with a magnificent street-art mural by Mick La Rock.

Photo credit: Alexander Santos Lima

Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR) marks its 22nd lustrum celebration with the unveiling of a street-art mural by renowned artist Mick La Rock. The mural, measuring approximately 10 x 30 meters, is located on the Woudestein campus and was officially inaugurated on 8 November in the presence of the artist. Following the inauguration, La Rock's solo exhibition 'Brutal', featuring recent independent works, opened in the Erasmus Gallery.

Erasmus University Rotterdam commemorates 110th anniversary with street-art. Photo credit: Alexander Santos LimaErasmus University Rotterdam commemorates 110th anniversary with street-art. Photo credit: Alexander Santos Lima

Mick La Rock

Mick La Rock, also known as Aileen Middel (born in 1970), is a pioneer in Europe's graffiti art scene. Starting at the age of 13, she became an integral part of the burgeoning hip-hop culture, embracing graffiti, rap, and breakdance that emerged from New York City. Throughout the 1990s and 2000s, La Rock's art evolved from traditional graffiti to abstract styles, influenced by the rugged concrete of brutalist architecture and typography from the latter half of the 20th century. Her work often explores the abstraction of typographic elements beyond their original essence and composition.


Significance of street art

Prof. Dr. Pauwke Berkers, Professor of Sociology of Popular Music at EUR, commented on the significance of street-art: “Walls are often used to delineate boundaries, between public and private spaces, between people. Art serves as a bridge between social groups, breaking down metaphorical walls and fostering engagement with both the space and its inhabitants.”

The mural is located at the S building of the Woudestein campus, symbolizing EUR's longstanding commitment to integrating visual art into its environment. This commitment is evident in the university's diverse range of artworks displayed throughout its buildings and outdoor spaces, collectively forming the EUR Art Collection.

Directions to the mural

Campus Woudestein Erasmus University Rotterdam, Burgemeester Oudlaan 50, 3062 PA Rotterdam - Mural location: S building.

To visit the mural, head to the S building on the Woudestein campus of Erasmus University Rotterdam, located at Burgemeester Oudlaan 50. The campus offers a vibrant blend of academic and cultural experiences, situated in a dynamic area of Rotterdam. 

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