Voyage: The Zinc Identity of Maastricht
The invisible material made visible5 September till 12 December 2021
For those who know where to look, Maastricht houses a wealth of zinc. Follow in the footsteps of the striking zinc oxide workers and encounter surprising zinc architecture, both new and old, and on and off the beaten track.
Here we border on the most important area of Europe’s zinc industry. Once upon a time, in the 19th and 20th centuries, the strip of Belgium that extends from Liege along the border to the town of Kelmis was entirely devoted to zinc mining and processing. Maastricht benefited from this industry and had its own infamous Zinc Oxide Company (Zinkwit Maatschappij) with inhuman working conditions. But zinc can also be found in unexpected places in Maastricht’s streets – unnoticed but distinctive nonetheless.
Distance: 6.5 km
Walking time: 2 hours