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Houten, near Utrecht, Holland - its sculpture seen from the satellite - a satellite view of a sculpture installed in the green belt in new Houten.

The satellite image of a site specific public sculpture in Houten Holland.closer
c.y.f. - 1993|1994 stainless steel - 4280x1200x1200cm - Houten NL

In 1993 I was invited to make a proposal for a sculpture on an artificial mound in the center of new Houten. Two other sculptors were also invited to submit a proposal. As The Netherlands is for the most part flat, not counting the dunes near the North Sea and The province of Limburg, all other hills and mounds were man-made - either to escape the high tides of rivers and seas, or now days to give people an opportunity to see the surroundings from a different perspective.

In my environmental and landscape projects I always also have the aerial or satellite view in mind. Here I only had the horizon before me and the mound, which was no more that a subtle knoll. It needed a sculptural complement to make its shape more pronounced. Seven fifteen meter long curved stainless steel pipes perform a dance up and down the mound and over the footpath. Upon discovering this sculpture on Google Maps I was reminded of the scale model I had made for my proposal.

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Houten Holland and the sculpture of Lucien den Arend

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