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Ede my site specific sculptures revisited (Lucien den Arend)
Site specific art is all about making use of the specificity of the site.
Making site specific sculpture is not about installing a sculpture on a specific site. The approach must be to come without a ready made sculpture in the first place; and secondly; even making a free standing sculpture for a particular site, does not necessarily lead to a site specific sculpture either. The effect may be a great sculpture in a certain environment, but the interaction between the sculpture and the site can be given extra meaning by making optimal use of the given posibillities. It is all about making use of the characteristics of a specific location - a site. The potential of every site is different.
In the case of this specific work, there was nothing left after the excavation machines had done their eradication of the pastures with their drainage ditches. Only the course of the one creek, the Polderhoefsewetering, remained intact. So I had to invent the situation and put the composing elements into new and meaningful context.
perpendicular movements - urban oasis - 1989/1993 - environment with swamp cypresses and retaining walls, center De Rietkampen, Ede
Seen from across the water, the contrast between the bald cypress trunks and the taught horizontal red wall is as I had intended from the beginning. During the period that this environment was being realized, I was working on the Dirksland bridge and surrounding polder environment, also in The Netherlands.
The bald cypresses will now actually need some erosion around their trunks. The aerial roots, about which I wrote on the previous pages, are beginning to show. On the next page is one of the photographs I took of the 'knees'.
De Gelderlander spuit modder