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Highway art - art in the road environment
highway A15 polar screen in the Betuwe
In the caption above I put the word "along" in quotation marks because that's just my point. When building roads, streets, highways or whichever route of transportation, things like trees are as good as always placed parallel to its axis - alongside it. In those cases these objects kind of force the intervention even more onto its surroundings. So I decided to turn this effect around. I introduced a linear piece of land art, in the form of a row of Italian Poplar trees (Populus Nigra 'Italica'), fifteen or more kilometers long which orientates itself on the location of the highway at it beginning and its end. So this is the direction in which we are going; but we now become (even more) aware of the curves our thoroughfare makes. We then discover that this vertical green screen does not diverge from our direction, but it is we who meander through it.