As part of plans to “dress” the Eurovision host city for 2021, a street art project will feature a life-size Jeangu Macrooy mural near the Rotterdam Ahoy.
The mural will be the work of the Hiphop In Je Smoel Foundation as part of the UP Street Rotterdam project. This project is part of the “Citydressing” for Rotterdam 2021 and the wider “Open Up To Rotterdam” programme.
The Jeangu mural will be produced by local artist Tymon de Laat and will be unveiled on 19th April. It will be adjacent to the supermarket on Sallndweg, opposite the Rotterdam Ahoy, host venue for the Eurovision Song Contest 2021. The artist said:
“Jeangu’s hopeful gaze is focused on the horizon and the future, with the light of the new day shining on his face. In the background are many plant-like shapes, which can be interpreted as leaves or roots. They will be displayed in all shades of color, which represent the diversity of society and are free to grow in all directions. ”
de Laat also posted about the project on his Instagram page:
More street art is being prepared in the host city ahead of the contest in May. In the parking lot next to Rotterdam Ahoy, artists from the “Big Five” countries in Eurovision and the Netherlands will work together on an installation consisting of large sea containers. The theme for the project is “The Embrace” and will reinforce the slogan of the contest: “Open Up To Rotterdam”.
A watchtower next to the installation will give visitors the opportunity to view the work from beautiful angles. The artists will be at work from 6 to 15 May. The installation will then be ready in time for the final week of the contest. The exact line-up of artists was established via an open call and is as follows:
Studio Yasja – Netherlands
Maga – Spain
Loic Monde – France
Luogo Comune – Italy
BASE23 – Germany
David Puck – United Kingdom
Who is Jeangu Macrooy?
Jeangu Macrooy was born on November 6 1993 in Paramaribo, Suriname. In 2011, he formed the band Between Towers with his twin brother Xillian. He moved to the Netherlands in 2014 to study songwriting at the ArtEZ Conservatory in Enschede.
During his studies in Enschede, Jeangu met with music producer Perquisite and signed to his label in December 2015. He released his debut EP “Brave Enough” in April 2016 and his debut single “Gold” was used in an advertisement for HBO. A year later, he released his first full-length album “High on You”. His second album “Horizon” was released in February 2019. He then went on his first headline tour of Germany.
Jeangu will represent the Netherlands in the Eurovision Song Contest 2021 final on 22 May in Rotterdam with his entry “Birth of a New Age.”
Source: Hiphop In Je Smoel Foundation
Image Source: Eurovision.tv / AVROTROS & Rinse Fokkema