Element of surprise


Research and semi-permanent land-art installation.
Commissioned by Rijkswaterstaat, Provincie Gelderland and gemeente Rijnwaarden

This project was commissioned on the occassion of the building of a new inland shipping port at the river Rhine. It demonstrated the complex legal procedures that challenges Dutch spatial planning, by proposing a large structure to be washed ashore.

During my research I went out beachcombing and observed all kinds of things washing up along the banks of the Rhine. This phenomenon, which disrupts the space without notice, is in stark contrast to how the landscape is controlled from a distance, through all kinds of legal procedures and guided by various economic and political interests, down to the square meter.

I documented the washed up objects as (temporary) works of art and marked their locations on a map, as a ready-made art route.

Subsequently, I suggested that, in addition to these small works of art, a large element from the old port should be ‘washed ashore’, in order to investigate where in this area there was still room for spontaneous changes in the landscape. This space turned out to be hardly there: I was not given permission for any location that seemed suitable, until I found a piece of land that the owner did not yet know was his.

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Element of surprise
Recycled structure from original port.
In collaboration with Byland Bouw, Lobith and Van Raaij Staalconstructies, Zevenaar
Installed at Shipyard De Hoop