Art was to the rescue when a train in the Netherlands recently crashed through the barrier at the dead point and landed on the whale tail art installed at the end of the track at the De Akkers metro station.
According to a BBC report, a metro train in Spijkenisse, near the city of Rotterdam, crashed through a barrier at the end of the tracks, shortly before midnight, on Sunday.
Thankfully, instead of falling, the train remained suspended on the tail thus savingg many lives.
Post the incident, the officials gathered to sketch out a plan to bring down the train. “We are trying to decide how we can bring the train down in a careful and controlled manner,” one official told the Dutch national broadcaster NOS, on Monday.
To note, the structure, meanwhile, that saved the lives of many is called ‘Whale Tails’ and is the work of the architect and artist Maarten Strujis and has been there since 2002. The artist when got to know about the life-saving capabilities of his art was happy to hear about it.
“It has been there for almost 20 years and… you actually expect the plastic to pulverise a bit, but that is apparently not the case,” the artist said adding “I’ll make sure that I get a few photos. I could never have imagined it that way.”