Return to Venlo: the fortifications reconstructed

This image is in fact a spin-off of the Koninginneplein project in Venlo. The glass panels of the railing show the fortifications that were once on that location. To make the design for the panels I created a 3D model of the medieval city with its impressive system of walls, canals, towers and gates. Later I realized that I also could edit that model in 3ds max, with this aerial view as a result.

The colors of Blaeu

The 3D model is based on the map by Joan Blaeu in 1649. Also the colors were inspired by that historical picture. Unfortunately, nowadays there is not much to see of Venlo’s fortifications, except of course in the glass panels on the Koninginneplein.

venlo fortifications

venlo fortifications

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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  1. 22. November 2017

    […] was once the location of the fortifications of Venlo. That impressive fortress was the inspiration for the design. The prints on the panels on the city […]

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