Viaduct voor de stilte
Exploration, documentation and naming of an abandoned viaduct.
Digital slides, cartography and title-plate installed in situ
Map, 2019 (unicum, leporello, ink on acid-free paper in handmade cassette, 5 x 22 x 31 cm / 30 x 400 cm unfolded)
Title, installed November 2018
Above Highway A50, two identical viaducts run parallel to each other. One is actually used as a viaduct, but the other has been closed shortly after it was built and has been out of use ever since. Both were constructed in 1968 and named after the nearby Varrena estate. Shortly after construction, the road network was changed and one of the viaducts became redundant. Since demolition was more expensive than keeping the structure, there has since been this ghost viaduct identical to the other viaduct, yet empty and silent. On geographic maps and in navigation systems, the ghost viaduct appears as an empty space, or is not even drawn.
Curious about that empty viaduct, I went to see how close I could get to it. From both sides, the viaduct appeared to be slowly swallowed up by a forest. One side is closed by fences, making even the crossing by animals impossible, but on the other side, there is no fence. But there is a long and dense forest, in which half-way, I could see the crash barriers come up from the soil. I documented the ghost viaduct from start to finish in the form of digital slides and gave it a name: Viaduct for silence. The name-plate can only be found by someone who reaches the end of the forest covering the first part of the viaduct.