Cow Tunnel in Wierden Still Free of Graffiti

Two and a half years after the opening of the Van Kregtentunnel I went back to Wierden to take a look at the project. The tunnel was still in good shape; projects like this usually get covered with tags, pieces and other graffiti fairly quickly after opening. But in this case there’s no trace of that.


It could be that the municipality of Wierden has a very strict cleaning policy. But it’s more likely that the graffitists have respect for the work of another artist.

Van Kregtentunnel in Wierden seen from the north

Master of the Beasts

That other artist is obviously Fedor van Kregten (1871-1937), painter of the Hague School, who lived much of his life in the hamlet of Notter, near Wierden. That is where his style of painting developed, with subjects like willows, windmills, sheep and especially cows, which earned him the nickname “Master of the Beasts”.

Van Kregtentunnel in Wierden: the section for cars

30.000 tiles

When I was employed at Royal HaskoningDHV, I was involved in the design of the tunnel, together with my colleague Mari Baauw. I had the nice job to “translate” two paintings by Fedor van Kregten into a wall decoration of 30,000 tiles (and I also had the time consuming task to create a working drawing for all those tiles).

Van Kregtentunnel in Wierden: section for pedestrians and bicyclists


Bravo to ProRail (responsible for the Dutch railway infrastructure) and to the municipality of Wierden, who chose to make the tunnel more than the cheapest possible concrete trough. And now that I am giving compliments: also the landscaping, with gabions and a lot of greenery, looks quite good:

Van Kregtentunnel in Wierden: landscaping

Frans Blok

My work explores the border regions of photography, painting and computer visuals. With my company 3Develop I do work in commission but I use the same techniques, skills and software to make free work. I am originally an architect and I live in Rotterdam; for that reason the architecture of that city is a major (but not the only) source of inspiration. But also travel to countries like Iceland and Britain, or walks in the Netherlands, provide much material. Seeing and showing quality and beauty, that is what my work is about.

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