A new road through a traditional English rural landscape presents a number of problems which can be solved responsibly. Approaching this from an artist's point of view will give unexpected results.
Weymouth Relief Road - art in the road environment
from Middelharnis through Dirksland
I was commissioned by the Provincial Department of Construction of the Province of Zuid-Holland NL to make proposals for a segment of the S49 (now N215) which was to bypass the towns Middelharnis, Sommelsdijk and Dirksland on the island of Goeree-Overflakkee in the south west of Holland.
I was to take into account the inherent qualities of the Goeree-Overflakkee landscape and visualise how the highway could be related to its surroundings by way of the integration of art into the road environment.
The Onwaardse Dyke had to have a section removed. The alternative was to raise the road; but that would have done more visual damage - not alone to the historic dyke, which has become a monument, but also to the location itself.
For more information and my full text on the total project art in the road environment
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