Plumbing the Depths


Since his father died, prosperity artist Daan Samson lacks a paternal figure to perform Do-It-Yourself-projects. To compensate for this shortcoming, he contacted art collector Bert Kreuk. The millionaire living in Switzerland was asked to come over and install a rain shower.

In the Rotterdam artists' apartment Kreuk and Samson removed the existing shower set and installed a rain shower made available by (project partner) Hornbach.

The performance pays homage to typical 'father and son-Do-It-Yourself-moments' and is a contemporary addition to ready-made art. The question arises whether performing a private 'do-it-yourself job' can be regarded as a contemporary art act, and what influence it has when a leading art collector gives his cooperation to 'home improvements.

  • Photograpy: Jeronimus van Pelt
  • Video: Elsbeth van Noppen
  • Project partner: Hornbach
  • Launched at: SECONDroom Antwerpen




Roundabout Laan van Welhorst / Sophialaan, Hendrik-Ido-Ambacht


Park Ruyghe Wey, Oudewater


Molenpolderstraat / Vrouw Avenweg, Leidschenveen


Highway A12 / Exit 'Gouda', Gouda (territory Waddinxveen)


Lange Voorhout / Tournooiveld, Den Haag


Nederlandlaan / Centrum West, Zoetermeer


De Binnenhof / Máximapark, Leidsche Rijn








TheWikiCommons photo series is made up of images that were specifically produced to be added to the media database of Wikimedia Commons.

The artist had himself portrayed next to existing artworks in public space. Samson appears to ‘claim’ these objects, creating the illusion that he himself is the maker of these various sculptures in Dutch neighbourhoods, city parks, station squares or along motorways. Samson does not even mention the actual designers or artists.

  • Photograpy: Jeronimus van Pelt
  • Commissioned by: Concordia Enschede (Guest curator = Tinkebell)


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Of the dead, speak nothing but good
Holiday Trouvé

Frisian Triumph

Daan Samson // 2013

Christmas with Dignitaries
Spiritual purification ritual for young women

The New Showing Off

Daan Samson // 2012

Liberal Herbarium
We're Convinced!

Procession of value and harvest

Daan Samson // 2011

Samson & de With #2 (Frits Bolkestein)

Art Babes

Daan Samson // 2010

Samson & de With #1 (Ad Visser)

Season's Table

Nordisk Charm Offensiv (Stockholm)

Daan Samson // 2009

Blessed are the poor in spirit

The Direct Benefit Principal

Daan Samson // 2008

Wednesday – Daddy day

An exercise in commitment

Self-portrait as the new chairman

Showing one’s colours

In memory of my beloved father

Thanks, Remko!

Daan Samson // 2007

Key Figures 2007

Perfection is our target 2 (Sonsbeek)

Volvo for life

Perfection is our target 1 (S.M.A.K.)

“Viva la Resistance!”

Heavy duty quality

Daan Samson // 2006

Last Christmas I gave you my heart...

Planet Parfum

The presentation of Baby Samson

Daan Samson // 2005-1996

Bugaboo and little Enzo


Selfportrait with NRC Handelsblad

Rotterdam Blending

National Coverage

Bever Zwerfsport

Extended Sell-by Date

Training, study and discipline


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