Sheet metal specialist Roxal brings the past back to life.
In the woods surrounding Venlo, walkers will find more than recreation. They can also experience the history of this Dutch town. For example at a gate made of corten, a steel and copper alloy, with integrated loudspeakers. When you press the button, a voice will tell you about rural life during the 17th century with all its day-to-day routines. At various installations visitors can listen to scenes from the last 5,000 years. What did people use to eat earlier? What agonies did they suffer to clear the forest? How did shepherds survive the elements? Audio-visual installations make it possible to experience the past. With the help of mirrors, plate glass and special lighting, historical figures are projected before the visitor’s eyes, much like apparitions.
The cultural heritage trail, four kilometers long, was opened in 2012 for the world’s largest garden show — the Floriade. The Dutch sheet metal specialists at Roxal in Best, provided twelve different stations. They sheathed concrete structures with a total of 30 tons of corten, used two tons of polished stainless steel for visual aids, and inscribed them with texts and graphics using a marking laser. Roxal fitted the stations with MP3 players, loudspeakers and controls, and configured phantasmagoric illusions. This family-run company with twelve employees utilizes TRUMPF bending and laser machines to fashion sheet metal to any shape required and specializes in modern architectural elements for indoor and outdoor applications. www.roxal.nl
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This article was first published in March 2013.