Security in Azure: I cover the two security cameras at the
front gate of the Rijksakademie van Beeldende Kunsten in light blue
February 28, 2002. Meeting with US Embassy in Holland.
I invite representatives from the US Embassy Public Affairs Department
to my studio and propose Star Spangled and Secured, a project to ornament
all exterior surveillance cameras on the embassy and consulate in Red,
White and Blue rhinestones. The idea was rejected with the statement:
“it’s a real hoot, but there is no way you can touch
Between February 28th- March 19th. The Attempted Proposal at
I biked to Police Headquarters on Elandsgracht to propose Rhinestoning
Headquarters. I was told: “We do not work with artists.”
I invented System Azure, Security Ornamentation. It was under
this ‘corporate/design’ pretext that I had my first meeting
at the Police department.
March 19th, 2002. Meeting at Police Headquarters.
My first presentation of Patrolled In Prussian was with B, head of Public
Relations in the Police Department. He was interested in the idea and
invited me to the opening of the new Police Holding Cell in Amsterdam.
27th, 2002. Visit to the Police Holding Cell.
April 5, 2002. Meeting with T of SKOR.
I emailed T from SKOR, a Dutch public art organization, about my proposal
for the Police. He visited my studio and suggested I contact P of Zwolle’s
Police Station where T had been recently working on a public art project.
I sent P the proposal and he forwarded the project description to RT,
Facility Manager of all Police Stations in Holland.
15th, 2002. Meeting with K at Police Headquarters.
B passed me to K, Chief of Project Management as well as the Chief Bureau
of Facilities. K teaches me the meaning of police colors: Red (full
of love), White (Integrity), Green (Justice), Blue (Strictness).
22, 2002. Meeting with K at Police Headquarters.
I present K and B with samples of rhinestone patterns for police cameras
utilizing solid police colors: Red, White, Blue, Green. K says he wants
I send new images. The cameras have stripes now; they look like flags.
June 7, 2002. Meeting with K at James Wattstraat Police Station.
K received the final proposal and he and the board have agreed to go
ahead with the Headquarters Project, beginning with two cameras. (Since
my proposed cameras were box-like and the real cameras are cylindrical,
K said: “we could not really imagine what they would look
like. Its better you start with two.”)
I am to make a budget for 2 cameras.
June 10, 2002. Pilot Project budget sent to Headquarters.
June 12, 2002. K approves budget.
Stoning of the Cameras will begin once rhinestones arrive from New York.
July 8, 2002. Phone call with K.
K calls me (from Spain) to say he is away and to call his peer G who
was at the meeting about setting up a Stoning Date.
July 25/26, 2002. Pilot Project: First 2 Cameras are Rhinestoned.
PL drove me in van with a ladder to Headquarters. I wore my rhinestone
tool belt that I made for the occasion. We enter the back gate of the
police station, and begin to set up. We remove the lids of the cameras;
I cover them with the jewels inside the building. I am visible from
the lower window.
The following day I climb the ladder to the exterior police security
cameras. I fix the jeweled lids that I had finished yesterday on cameras.
I then stone the rest of the cameras’ body from on top the ladder,
on the façade of the police building.
16, 2002. Request by Headquarters for Pilot Project 2.
K asks for second set cameras to be done at Police Station. He said
there was “not enough public response from the first two cameras”
to judge if the first project was successful.
August 22, 2002. Bill for Pilot Project 1 sent to Headquarters.
First bill sent to Police for Pilot Project 1.
12/13, 2002. Pilot Project 2 installed at Headquarters.
I ornament the camera under the overhang by the front entrance of the
station and the camera on the front façade at the corner of Marnixstraat
September 25, 2002. Meeting with K at James Waatstraat Police
We discuss the final stages of Rhinestoning Headquarters, Beursstraat
Station in conjunction with World-Information.org show, and my ideas
on the Loose Camera Signiturization Process.
September 27, 2002. A Change of Heart…
By email, I am told: The Board of Police decided to discontinue Security
Ornamentation process, saying, “We are trying to keep a low
profile on the cameras.”
I request a meeting with the Board. It is denied. I try again.
September 30, 2002. The Final Answer.
I am told via email that “it’s a pity, but I have to
accept” that its over.