‘De Spelletjeshut’ (The game hut) is a team-artwork of 3 by 2 by 2 meters (118,1 by 78,7 by 78,7 inch) located at the Van Haersoltemarke in Zwolle Zuid. The original idea for the hut came from nine year old Sebastian Snitjer. In 2016 he won ‘Ik Burgemeester’ (Me the Mayor), a contest initiated by Stadkamer Zwolle. Sebastian wanted to bring his neighborhood together by giving them the opportunity to meet and play games.
Dennie Boxem was asked as performing artist. With Sebastian they drew up a hut with a jungle theme, with three mosaic leaves serving as benches. Boxem did the mosaic of the edges and veins of the leaves, leaving openings for the neighbors to mosaic. This way, about twenty-five neighbors participated in this piece of art.
The roof is made of a centimeter thick crystal clear perspex in a steel frame. The frame is six centimeters high and is filled with water. When the sun shines through the roof of water, and the wind or rain wrinkles the surface, the light leaves a beautiful moving pattern on the grass floor.
In the centre of the hut stands a rotating wooden table. Every side of the table has a different game; Chess, Monopoly, Checkers and Ludo. This way, neighbors can pick whatever game they want to play.
On the 19th of juli 2018 ‘De Spelletjeshut’ was officially opened by Sebastian Snitjer, Gemeente Zwolle alderman Michiel van Willigen, Stadkamer Zwolle representative Sanne Gras and Dennie Boxem.
Special thanks to Gerard Arkes for the help creating the shapes of the leaves.
Special thanks to Joost Groeneveld for the help constructing the rotating game table.
Photography by Alex Mulder (De Stentor) and Paula Arkes.