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VIDEO a land art project "Pieter Janszoon Saenredam" in Barendrecht, Holland
Island and reservoir in the center of Holland. It was completed in 1985. Every three years the willows are pollarded. Every twelve-and-a-half years the trunks are whitewashed. The practice of pollarding started in the Middle Ages in Europe in order to produce kindling for fire places and fodder for livestock.
The red floating constructions are by the Argentinian sculptor Oscar Abraham Pabón.
"What is the Saenredam Project?
Land art, landscape art, is not the view of the landscape, such as
painting or photography, but the intervention in the landscape, which is
handled in a specific way with the tension between culture and nature.
In Saenredam Project, designed in 1985 by Lucien den Arend, it does so
in a unique way: natural materials (trees, earth, water) are maintained
in a cultural straitjacket pressed and get a different, alienated
The artwork continues to show a different picture, in the course of a day by light, sun or wind and the rhythm of the seasons: bald or with a luxuriant foliage, snow or ice. Every three years shrink by pollarding and then grows again sharply. Very striking are the steadily thickening strains after a whitewashing which occurs eight times a century. The Saenredam Island, is a rectangular bun willow as a vaulted roof with white columns. That straitjacket (the clean shores, the square grid trees, the whitewashing) has a relationship with the Dutch white church interiors from the 17th century, such as those painted by Pieter Janszoon Saenredam."
By: Jordi Menheer (Source: Stichting Pieter Jansz Saenredam)