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Walls in land art and other environmental sculpture
an urban oasis
The eighty meter long red wall not only functions as a retaining wall to maintain the difference in height between the street above and the quay below - it shields the lower, secluded area from the street above. At the same time it defines the area below. The first function is a practical one - if there was no wall, an embankment or slope would be necessary. But this is an urban area and land is valuable; a slope would take up too much space. The wall could have been standing in the water, but creating an area below, where people could repose, be alone or feed the ducks, provides an added recreational function.
The row of Bald Cypress (Taxodium distichum) starts 125 meters up the channel and projects into the water, to which it adapts. The angle between the row of these trees and the red wall reflects the angle between the old cultured landscape and the new housing development.