Bert Hermans
'De Pijp'
Oil on canvas
80 x 60 cm

Bert made this painting after a tour on Februari, 10, 2019 following the stations of the new North/South Metro Line in Amsterdam. This metro station is called 'De Pijp'. De Pijp metro station (Dutch: Station De Pijp) is a station on the Route 52 (North–South Line) of the Amsterdam Metro in Amsterdam, Netherlands. It was opened on 22 July 2018. Prior to March 2012, this station was known as the Ceintuurbaan. De Pijp is an underground station situated in the Oude Pijp neighbourhood of the borough of Amsterdam-Zuid (Amsterdam South).
The station, designed by Benthem Crouwel Architects, is situated beneath the Ferdinand Bolstraat in the De Pijp neighbourhood. Because of the narrow constraints of the site location, between the foundations of adjoining buildings, the station has two levels, with a platform on each level. Each platform is 125 metres long and 5.3 metres wide (3 meters at its narrowest points). There are ten escalators (five per platform) as well as lifts to the mezzanine level. The lower level platform with southbound services to Zuid is 26.5 meters below street level, while the upper level platform with northbound services to Noord is 16.5 meters below street level. This makes De Pijp station the deepest station on the Noord/Zuidlijn and the deepest metro station in the Netherlands.
In May 2013, a municipal advisory committee selected artwork by Argentinian artist Amalia Pica for this station.[3] It is a multicolored painting that runs the entire span of the wall of the mezzanine level.
Bert won with this painting a Finalists Award on the Online Competition of Circle Foundation for the Arts in Lyon, France to exhibit paintings at the Art San Diego Exhibition in 2019. The jury wrote: 'Your work really stood out to the jury and your piece 'De Pijp' has been selected for a Finalist Award.'