About Arne Quinze

Arne Quinze conceived the structure of North West Walls, an unusual and impressive constellation of shipping containers. Arne has decided not to exhibit his own work at Werchter, but will act as curator of North West Walls. He is inviting street artists to do their thing on the canvas that he has devised for them. New works will adorn the North West Walls every year.


Arne Quinze began his career as a graffiti artist in the mid 1980s. His later work, from huge public installations to small, more intimate pieces, grew from the street art of the day. Not only that, but Arne Quinze sees an interwoven connection between street art and music. As curator and designer of the North West Walls he is now able to offer a platform, in an environment that lives and breathes music, for street artists from around the world.

Arne Quinze aims to give spectators a new view of their environment. For North West Walls, he conceived an architectural structure of shipping containers. The containers are stacked in an organic, but very deliberate way to create three towers. Technically this was no small feat, because never before have so many containers been stacked in such an apparently chaotic manner. Metal sheets on the containers make the walls truly workable and suitable for all kinds of artistic techniques. Result: a 360° architectural canvas. The structure is designed to reflect the dynamics of the street but is also a clear reference to the structural chaos typical of Arne Quinze’s work.