The Grindbakken pits in Ghent have been reimagined as a fantastic new art space for open-air exhibitions and events. Previously used to shift sand between the city's port and trucks, the pits were redesigned by architect Sarah Melsens and artist Roberta Gigante, and following this concept the pits were cleared out and cleaned up. As part of a commission to create new installation spaces and to re-interpret the former industrial site while exploring key elements of the city’s heritage, design collective Rotor were invited to propose an initial temporary intervention.
For the Grindbakken pits’ first temporary activity, Rotor came up with the idea of framing several parts of the concrete, as opposed to painting them. Their concept adapts and reuses what already existed while transforming the space into a modern artistic hub. Following this initial renovation the space is expected to be opened up to other artists. The Grindbakken exhibition is currently open to visitors in Ghent.
The Belgium-based collective – consisting of Tristan Boniver, Renaud Haerlingen, Lionel Billiet and Maarten Gielen – regularly works with industry and construction, and often up-scales and reuses building materials in their impressive work.