Viaduct for silence

2018

In situ interventions that transform an obsolete viaduct into an art piece

1. Documentation of the site by photography and data
2. Giving a title to the site by placing a sign

Non-commissioned and anonymous project. The viaduct will cease to exist as a work of art if it is re-opened for traffic or any other purpose.

Over highroad A50 near Beekbergen there are two parallel viaducts: one that is in use and an identical other one that has been out of use for almost 30 years. Both viaducts were constructed in 1968. Shortly after the construction, the infrastructural design was changed, after which only one of the two viaducts was in use. Because removal of the superfluous other viaduct was too expensive, it was only closed off and today it is still an empty viaduct. From the first viaduct, the other, empty viaduct can be observed as an empty space that is being taken over by nature.

The site starts behind a truck parking lot as a forest that leads to the the viaduct.

The site is interrupted by a highroad-exit. After crossing this interruption, the site continues.

After many trees, two guardrails emerge from the soil.

Suddenly, the forest ends and black asphalt comes out from below.

It is a dead-end road that on both sides ends in the woods. Neither people nor animals can go over it because of a fence on one of the ends.

 

From this point, the dense forest slowly rises. It appears to be an overgrown road. After some tens of meters on the road, steel barriers emerge from the ground on both sides between the branches and the trunks. However, the forest remains as dense as everywhere and still does not reveal it’s true identity. But suddenly, the forest ends and black asphalt appears from beneath the soil. Despite some bits of moss and young birch trees, this asphalt is smooth and intact. It is absolutely not expired, rather new. There are yellow stripes on it, not white, which may say something about whether it has ever been used. After all, yellow stripes are temporary, white ones are permanent. The asphalt is easily accessible. By walking, it slowly leads to the other side of the highway. On that other side the viaduct disappears into another forest. On the black asphalt that floats above the highway, nothing moves. Underneath and in addition the traffic rages. Opposite the empty viaduct is the same viaduct, but this one is in use by car traffic. The place suggests that a car can come out from the forest any moment, but of course that does not happen. It is a dead-end road that ends on both sides. Neither people nor animals can go over it.
Only silence can cross here.

Viaduct for Silence – 1968/2018 – asphalt, trees, soil – 873 x 14 meters

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