Teerosen | three drawings hidden in a landscape
Artistic research in collaboration with Stichting Verborgen Landschap, Natuurmonumenten and Zweefvliegcentrum Terlet.
In this performative research project I walked as exactly as possible the white lines that I observed on archival aerial photographs taken by the Royal Air Force in 1944 of German military structures. These structures were code-named ‘Teerosen’ and they were camouflaged by dead trees. However, by walking over the soil, light-coloured sand traces appeared and were clearly visible on these aerial photographs.
70 years later I layered these old photograpghs over recent aerial views so that I had a map and could document everything that I was to find on these disappeared traces. I found traces of concrete military objects swallowed by contemporary land use, such as a recreational airport, tourist camp sites, a protected natural park and contemporary communication structures.