After seven years in Leeuwarden without a fixed base of operations, Stichting Voorheen De Gemeente opened a space on the Blokhuisplein. The first exhibition was entitled 'Proliferate' and Tanja Smeets was asked (along with Lizan Freijsen and Driessens & Verstappen) to make a sculpture in the new space.
'When I studied at ARTEZ in Arnhem, I painted, I still seek materials that I can use as "paint". I cut metres and metres of lycra fabric into strips: kitsch printed fabrics, in all shades of blue. By stretching the strips into long tendrils, weaving them together, incorporating black beans every now and then, I fused the materials into a new structure.'
The sculpture in Leeuwarden was a nasty, dripping growth that appeared to penetrate through the cracks near the windows and create new offshoots. It gave the impression that the VHDG's new space would quickly become overgrown.