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"urban oasis" Urban Land Art in Ede, the Netherlands.

"urban oasis" Urban Land Art in Ede, the Netherlands.
Pieter Janszoon Saenredam Project, barendrecht, the Neterlands.
Pieter Janszoon Saenredam Project Barendrecht The Netherlands photo©Jos Wesdijk
Pieter Janszoon Saenredam Project, Barendrecht, The Netherlands.
Pieter Janszoon Saenredam Project Barendrecht The Netherlands photo©Jos Wesdijk

Pieter Janszoon Saenredam Project Barendrecht The Netherlands
In 1997 the trunks of the willows were painted white with lime. This was to celebrate the 400th anniversary of the birth of Pieter Janszoon Saenredam. At the same time this was the first time the trunks were white, for after this date they would be whitewashed every twelve and a half years. This results in: once on the actual birthday (he was born June 9th 1697) and every other time on December 9. The reason for the whitewashing is to evoke images of Dutch churches from the time when Saenredam did paintings of their interiors.

Pieter Janszoon Saenredam Project Barendrecht The Netherlands

Pieter Janszoon Saenredam Project Barendrecht The Netherlands


Pieter Janszoon Saenredam Project Barendrecht The Netherlands (in the winter)

Pieter Janszoon Saenredam Project Barendrecht The Netherlands

Pieter Janszoon Saenredam Project Barendrecht The Netherlands

trajectory for Rembrandt - 2002 - curvature length 250m - 100 Salix Alba (white willow) branches and three oaks (the growing willows were planned to be cut back two meters above the ground every three years).

trajectory for Rembrandt - 2002 - curvature length 250m - 100 Salix Alba (white willow) branches and three oaks

Walburg Project 1971|1973 earth - asphalt - meandering dike , bronze, high-tension pylon and pollard willows - 136x50x19m Zwijndrecht, The Netherlands

Walburg Project 1971|1973 earth - asphalt - meandering dike , bronze, high-tension pylon and pollard willows - 136x50x19m Zwijndrecht, The Netherlands

Walburg Project 1971|1973 earth - asphalt - meandering dike , bronze, high-tension pylon and pollard willows - 136x50x19m Zwijndrecht, The Netherlands
Years after the completion, the electric power company put the cables underground and the high tension pylons were removed. Because I had based my land art project on the presence of this pylon, I was given the opportunity of making a proposal for the part which should remain (see above).

Walburg Project 1971|1973 earth - asphalt - meandering dike , bronze, high-tension pylon and pollard willows - 136x50x19m Zwijndrecht, The Netherlands

Walburg Project 1971|1973 earth - asphalt - meandering dike , bronze, high-tension pylon and pollard willows - 136x50x19m Zwijndrecht, The Netherlands

Walburg Project 1971|1973 earth - asphalt - meandering dike , bronze, high-tension pylon and pollard willows - 136x50x19m Zwijndrecht, The Netherlands

The Volgerlanden Project working group - a joint scheme by the cities of Hendrik Ido Ambacht and Zwijndrecht in The Netherlands - asked Lucien den Arend to make a proposal for the area to the North-West of his older Walburg Project which originated in 1971. Den Arend decided to enlarge the already planned water reservoir and have the meandering dike of his Walburg project be one of its edges. In the reservoir an island in the form of a cross was completed in 2002 - the land on the right was taken out. Two narrow pedestrian bridges now connect the island to the shore on the left and right. Alnus (alder) trees will be planted along the island's shore - they will form two crossing paths (tiendwegen). A "tiendweg" is a road on a levee. The "tiendwegen" (no translation yet) are located mainly in the west of The Netherlands. The term levee-pathway would come the closest. There are many theories about the original function of "tiendwegen" and on the origin of the name. A "tiendweg" is almost never "just any road": there must always be two parallel waterways with a long straight pathway or road on a levee between them.

2000 | 2002 - continuation of the Walburg project into the Volgerlanden - island x-ing

2000 | 2002 - continuation of the Walburg project into the Volgerlanden - island x-ing

island x-ing with the alder trees in 2008 - photo©Marco de Nood

1992 - the iron pollard, maze | de ijzeren knot, island and osier environment, Hardinxveld/Giessendam NL

1985|1986 land art project with red steel element - homage to El Lissitzky - 100x200x7.50m - test circuit and test center of the national Road and Transport Department of The Netherlands - Lelystad NL

1985|1986 land art project with red steel element - homage to El Lissitzky - 100x200x7.50m - test circuit and test center of the national Road and Transport Department of The Netherlands - Lelystad NL

clearing - drawing 100x70cm - 1990|1991 oak trees (quercus) and various other species - 100x100m - the entrance path is 1 Km long by 11.33m wide - Park Noorddijk Groningen NL
The sculptor proposed using the forest to create an environmental project bringing back to memory the fashion in which the wooded land used to be cleared in the past centuries. In this way den Arend uses architectural shapes which echo the urban public space - the sides of the entrance path are to be formed by two rows of oak trees, their foliage regularly cut to a flat plane to evoke the feeling of the urban environment between the facades of buildings. The trunks would resemble a colonnade like in the architecture of classical urban environments.

oblique rows - 1984/1986 willows (Salix Alba), grass, earth and water - 10500x2200x200-400cm - gardens of the Sewage Recycling Installations Horstermeer, commissioned by Zuiveringschap Amstel- en Gooiland - Hilversum NL

oblique rows - 1984/1986 willows (Salix Alba), grass, earth and water - 10500x2200x200-400cm - gardens of the Sewage Recycling Installations Horstermeer, commissioned by Zuiveringschap Amstel- en Gooiland - Hilversum NL

oblique rows - 1984/1986 willows (Salix Alba), grass, earth and water - 10500x2200x200-400cm - gardens of the Sewage Recycling Installations Horstermeer, commissioned by Zuiveringschap Amstel- en Gooiland - Hilversum NL
1983-86 - coated steel - 2.2.3D - Ø50cm 2400x550x697cm - Groenekruisweg/Sportlaan, Spijkenisse NL - See more at: http://www.denarend.com/cities/spijkenisse/index.htm#sthash.R8vsBnXl.dpuf
1983-86 - coated steel - 2.2.3D - Ø50cm 2400x550x697cm - Groenekruisweg/Sportlaan, Spijkenisse NL
1983-86 - coated steel - 2.2.3D - Ø50cm 2400x550x697cm - Groenekruisweg/Sportlaan, Spijkenisse NL - See more at: http://www.denarend.com/cities/spijkenisse/index.htm#sthash.R8vsBnXl.dpuf
1983-86 - coated steel - 2.2.3D - Ø50cm 2400x550x697cm - Groenekruisweg/Sportlaan, Spijkenisse NL
1983-86 - coated steel - 2.2.3D - Ø50cm 2400x550x697cm - Groenekruisweg/Sportlaan, Spijkenisse NL - See more at: http://www.denarend.com/cities/spijkenisse/index.htm#sthash.R8vsBnXl.dpuf
1983-86 - coated steel - 2.2.3D - Ø50cm 2400x550x697cm - Groenekruisweg/Sportlaan, Spijkenisse NL
homage to Oud and van Doesburg - concrete - 3X 750x750x20cm 1983|1986 - Marconiplein, Rotterdam NL
homage to Oud and van Doesburg - concrete - 3X 750x750x20cm 1983|1986 - Marconiplein, Rotterdam NL
homage to Oud and van Doesburg - concrete - 3X 750x750x20cm 1983|1986 - Marconiplein, Rotterdam NL
homage to Oud and van Doesburg - concrete - 3X 750x750x20cm 1983|1986 - Marconiplein, Rotterdam NL
homage to Oud and van Doesburg - concrete - 3X 750x750x20cm 1983|1986 - Marconiplein, Rotterdam NL
homage to Oud and van Doesburg - concrete - 3X 750x750x20cm 1983|1986 - Marconiplein, Rotterdam NL

me in the tall grass in our forest, by the lake

In discussion with Princess Laurentien from the Netherlands, who interviewed me in the studio of my friend and colleague Kari Huhtamo in Helsinki.
more photo's coming (all phto's by Lucien den Arend except the ones with the swan, which is by Marco de Nood - and the Saenredam project aerial photo with the willows painted white, which is by Jos Wesdijk - both with permission if their name is mentioned as the photographer.


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