PROJECTS

The Haringpakkerstoren “rebuilt” in scaffolding and light

We can’t describe how giddy and proud we are of our new big baby, the impressive reconstruction of the historic Haringpakkerstoren (Herring Packers’ Tower).  Of course our tower is not made of masonry and wood, but of scaffolding, mesh, and most importantly, light.  30 meters high (100 feet), the tower,

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The Making of “Temporal Tower”

Here are some pictures of our tower project in the making.  The first step was agreeing on a budget and a technical design, which we ploddingly accomplished with our world-class international scaffolder StageCo.  Then with the help of a crane, postponed several days due to a fierce storm, we hoisted

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The National Archives opens Palace of Memory

After three years of hard work, the Geheugenpaleis (Palace of Memory) has come to completion. This project represents the crowning achievement of not only our studio, but of the long term ambitions of the National Archives itself. It is grand, evocative, fascinating, touching and above all it offers deep immersion

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“Badass” Santa for Wieden+Kennedy

very so often we get a call that is so compelling it can’t be ignored: would you please carve for us a giant hideous Santa head and two tattooed hands?  This is for a holiday party at the advertising firm of Wieden+Kennedy, of Nike and Coke fame.  The concept was rigorously

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Mariniersmuseum: Unit in Uruzgan (Museum of the Dutch Marinecorps)

The semi-permanent exhibit Eenheid in Uruzgan (Unit in Uruzgan) in the Mariniersmuseum in Rotterdam was conceived as a place of reflection about the human costs of the Dutch mission in Afghanistan. Studio Louter created four compelling —occasionally dramatic— films and Todd van Hulzen conceived of a simple plan to focus devotion and

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Go to the Light! Nationaal Archief

We are loving the light studies we’ve done for the opening exhibition at the National Archives in the Hague.  Just some colored LEDs, some tiny cardboard boxes and camera are all it takes to create an enormous atmosphere. We also made some computer generated studies of different kinds of possible

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River Phoenix’s Last Film in Premiere

Stranger things have happened, but finally after almost 20 years, a film for which Todd did art work and design is going in premier— after a fashion.  George Sluizer’s Dark Blood, which was the last film of River Phoenix, has been cobbled together from loose footage and some strategic narration to form an interesting

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An old project resurfaces: Dark Blood

In connection with the premiere of Dark Blood at the the Utrecht film festival, here are some photos of work from that project.  It is mostly sculpture work and set designs executed for Ben van Os.  If you’ve seen the film you will immediately recognize the shack that River Phoenix’s character

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Museum Broekerveiling phase II. Realm of 1000 Isles opens its doors.

A new exhibit “The Realm of 1000 Isles” is the second permanent exhibit that Todd van Hulzen Design has created for Museum Broekerveiling. This nineteenth century auction house, with its new visitors’ center, is the seat of agrarian history in the region. It is the oldest communitarian produce auction in the Netherlands, and

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An Exhibit Presentation in Comic Book Format

These illustration show the only possible excuse to ever use the Comic Sans letterface: in a comic book! This was a proposal for a children’s line as part of a larger museum context.  It was all about creating an adventure in the Prison Museum with the help of some friendly

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Master the Universe: particle and quantum physics in Utrecht

Finally, Master the Universe!” at the University Science Museum of Utrecht unveils a radical new exhibit in a state-of-the-art decor. After Months and months of hard work and a brow-mopping production, Todd van Hulzen and the Museumstudio (now StudioLouter) are proud to show to the world our ground-breaking exhibit on theoretical particle physics and the

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Project for the Hermitage Show “Matisse to Malevich”

For the blockbuster exhibition, “Matisse to Malevich: Pioneers of Modern Art from the Hermitage”, Todd was asked by the Museumstudio to help create a space for a multimedia installation, or as they like to call it in their vision-statement, “a dream machine”. The venerable museum in Saint Petersburg, Russia has

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Gallery of Handiwork through the Years

This is a gallery of fine and applied art by the hand of Todd van Hulzen. Todd started his career as a fine artist.  Through the years he has functioned as a: decorative painter, copyist, puppet maker, polystyrene sculptor for the film industry, stuccador-sculptor for interiors, fabric printer, totem-pole builder,

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Exhibit NewtonMania at Museum Boerhaave in Leiden a Huge Success.

After 6 months of hard work, the ambitious exhibition about the influence of Isaac Newton in the Netherlands has finally come to fruition. The Opening was the most crowded on record, which befits a local “blockbuster”. After speeches and toasts by Nobel Laureate Gerard ‘t Hooft (physics 1999) and a

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Museum Broekerveiling, phase I: “The Auction Day”

The first phase of Museum Broekerveiling’s debut as an important new regional museums is finished. “The Auction Day”, an installation found in the visitor’s center/museum of the Broekerveiling, is a first introduction to life in the Realm of 1000 islands, and tells the story of a typical auction day from

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“Brave Beasts” at the Royal Dutch Army Museum

How do you make a fun and compelling familyexhibit about animals and war, without avoidingthe hard realities? By forging a risky and stimulatingmarriage between Army and Carnival . Sculptedblack “Shadow Animals” carried the collection onrotating carrousels and the multimedia was ensconcedin carnivalesque army tents. The Subtext? “War is not a

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Sanctuary, Gothic Sci-Fi Fantasy series

This is a portfolio gallery of design work for the Science Fiction-Gothic-Fantasy series Sanctuary.  Sanctuary has now finished its 4th season on the Sci-Fi Channel. The series pilot was shot in Vancouver using an amount of computer generated imagery (CGI) unprecedented for a fledgling project.  Most of the “sets” were thus

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Girl with a Pearl Earring, Gilded Age Drama

This is a portfolio gallery of design work for the period drama film Girl with a Pearl Earring. This film was nominated for two Academy Awards (Oscars) of which one was for the Production Design of Ben van Os. The film is named after a painting of the same name

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