personal square - how much space would there be for every dutch person?

personal square - how much space would there be for every dutch person?

influenced by the global pandemic regulations and the need for social-distancing, studio 212 fahrenheit has introduced ‘personal space’, as a depiction of the suitable area per person in the netherlands. ‘personal space’ is part of a larger art project called  ‘at an appropriate distance’, commissioned by the groningen centre for visual arts (CBK groningen). 

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all images courtesy of studio 212 fahrenheit



‘covid-19 means we all have to maintain an ‘appropriate distance’ from each other’ studio 212 fahrenheit shares. ‘if 1.5 metres is the minimum distance in the netherlands, then what could be the maximum distance? how much space would there actually be for every inhabitant of the netherlands?’ 

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the artists have created a yellow square measuring 49.03 metres by 49.03 metres, generating an area of 2,404 m². this is how much space every dutch person would have if one divided the netherlands equally among its population. in the next few months there are hopes to place several ‘personal squares’ in other countries, with the area calculated for each country in question.



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project info:


name: personal square
designer: studio 212 fahrenheit




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edited by: myrto katsikopoulou | designboom

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