Like art? Like robots? Like upcycling? Like clever ideas? Read on and meet the Rijkswachters!
Watch the video for a peek behind the scenes! (in Dutch)
Rijkswachters, (or “guards of the Rijkskmuseum”) are cheeky looking robots that in a previous life were wooden crates protecting the artworks owned by the most important museum in the Netherlands: the Rijksmuseum. As the Rijksmuseum was closed for renovation for almost a decade, a large part of the collection travelled the world to other museums in these wooden boxes. Since its reopening, the transport boxes suddenly became useless, and needed a new purpose.
Boudewijn van den Bosch and his girlfriend Niki Schoondergang together are Beemeubels, a furniture making company based in the Netherlands. Boudewijn particularly enjoys working with wood that has had a previous life. Whenever there are words still visible, he makes sure not to cover them in order to incorporate the old story within the new object. Watch the video above, to see some of his excitement of ‘getting to play’ with the boxes from the Rijksmuseum!
Every robot is unique, handmade and, very smart, numbered. With that number you can go the website of the Rijkswachters and read all about your robot’s past life. Which artwork did he used to keep dry, clean and safe?
Now I am guessing you don’t have a Rembrandt gracing your walls that needs protection, but the Rijkswachter will happily keep a cheeky eye over any art work big or small!