Titia Droog

'Cyclotron' 2002


Location: In the walking bridge from the Cyclotron to the Singletron

Titia Droog (1951) makes both free work and work on demand. Beside for TU/e, she created work for the NAM oil and gas company, for DSM and for the Dutch Central Bank (Nederlandse Bank).
Before graduating from the Academy of Industrial Design at Eindhoven, she travels to Oman where her husband is working on a project. There, among other things, she teaches reading and writing to Omani women.
For Titia Droog this proves a quite valuable experience: "It was then that I realized the importance of using symbols. When teachinig people from an alien culture to read and write you must clarify everything using images, and you really must get that right. You have to take into account all kinds of cultural traditions if you want your pupils to understand what you are teaching them correctly."

After their return to the Netherlands Titia Droog's husband works for an urban heating project. Droog herself makes a painting that provides an overview of the project, posing the question: 'What makes this project so complicated?' A staff member of the NAM company reacts enthusiastically when he sees it, and this results in her first assignment for a work of art.

In her works Titia Droog often lets animals feature as main characters. In the case of 'Cyclotron' it is the mouse. Droog: "I saw the hearts of mice being used for research and the TU/e campus looks kind of gray to me. At the same time, mice are intelligent and agile little animals who will just keep going on in order to achieve something."

The TU/e Cyclotron is a center of research, while radioactive medicine is produced at the Singletron. In the painting Droog depicts the research and the building, as well as the security measures. We see one mouse checking the concrete for the correct thickness. There are scientific mice and there is the 'logistical' mouse wearing an inverted baseball cap. Sometimes radioactive medicines must be supplied to the hospital at Groningen within five hours, as their radioactivity lasts no longer than that. That explains the urgency with which the mice are at work.

On the occasion of the opening of the new Cyclotron in September 2002, the firms HBG, Tebodin, Kuypers and Alewijns presented this painting to TU/e.