explorations

Narrative trees

Globalisation, climate change and migration lead to spatial tranformations in which our landscape is challenged on such a large scale that local cultural characteristics are under pressure. Energy transition, water management, new residential areas and distribution blocks alongside our highways more and more dominate our environment. To avoid an overall sameness , it is essential to generate knowledge on local identity as expressed in spatial and cultural characteristics. This is why Stichting IJsselkaravaan asked me and landscape architect Peter Hermsen to generate this knowledge through explorations of sites and sessions with local communities alongside the IJssel river. Our research will result in 2020 in a landscape strategy and publication.

This summer we explored Rha, a rural hamlet on a dune with 90 inhabitants. I observed and mapped trees as carriers of known and unknown narratives. Some are meant to be a monument, others are not but appear even more monumental. And some of the trees seem to hide secret places.

 

Map of narrative trees in Rha.

 

A woodwall on a disappeared borderline between two fields.

A forest hiding a house

 

In collaboration with Peter Hermsen, landscape architect at Werkend Landschap

Commissioned and supervised by Stichting IJsselkaravaan

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