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A short history

Steenbergen has a rich history of fighting of various faces of danger such as wild horsemen, water, fire, and
ofcourse, UFO´s...oh wait..thats the future!

One minute animated short showing the history of the southern dutch City of Steenbergen(Stone Mountains)
commissioned by the Brabant Knowlegdecentre for Art & Design.

Steenbergen, translated to “Stone Mountain”, is a city located in the South of the Netherlands,
but there are no stones, nor any mountains in the area, which leaves the origins of its name shrouded
in mystery and speculation.

In 1331 Steenbergen received its “city rights” and accompanying coat of arms
depicting two mermaids holding the city flag
, one of which is holding a comb, the other one
a mirror, symbolising prosperity of the city´s rich fresh waters.

In the golden century, Steenbergen was under attack of the Spanish
Army. The city decided to intentionally flood the meadows surrounding the
city walls in order to defeat the attack, as horses could not ride over flooded
terrain and the army got stuck in the mud.

This one minute short shows the factual history and fictional future of this small city,
once a strategic landmark in the Netherlands.

Directed & Animated by: Marieke Verbiesen
Setdesign: Neeltje Sprengers
LightTech: Steven Frederickx
Sounddesign: Sonic Adventure
Intern: Pascal de Groot
Thanks to: De Fabriek Eindhoven, Joris van Agtmaal, Koen Dijkman, Steve Napier

Comissioned by Brabant Knowledgecentre for Art & Design, Koen Dijkman.

 
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