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land art - earthwork
My first drafts were about a landscape project oriented on the sunrise. The municipality of Zwijndrecht, which in the sixties of the last century had been spending a lot of effort to install sculptures in the urban area, commissioned me to make a proposal for a work of art which would be functional and fit into its surroundings actually this came down to a site specific work of art - except for the "functional" aspect. I suspected that they must had actually been thinking of a play-sculpture or something like that. When I asked which location they were thinking of, the town architect said that I was free to make suggestions as there were many possibilities in this growing town. Already during the first half of the sixties I visited the location on various occasions. I liked to walk along the Walburgpad (Walburg Path), which formed the boundary between my hometown and Hendrik Ido Ambacht, where my mother was born; my father was born in Zwijndrecht itself. Before long the narrow waterway (more like a ditch) which was the only visible division between the two towns, would become the edge of Zwijndrecht's new urban expansion to be called Walburg - after a historical country house by that name in this area.