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ENVIRONMENTAL SCULPTURE lecture - University of Lapland, Rovaniemi - Saenredam project - a white willow island in Holland

I founded the Pieter Janszoon Saenredam Foundation to ensure that my plans for the project will always be followed. On of the tasks of the foundation is to see to it that the willows are pollarded every three years. Another important thing is the celebration of Saenredam's 400th birthday which was on June 9 1997. On this day and every twelve and a half years after that the willow trunks are to be whitewashed, evoking the white church interiors which he depicted. By choosing a cycle of twelve and a half years, every other time the white interior will be either in the summer or in the winter when the knots of the willows will have no leaves - as well as the chance of snow, adding to the effect of the whiteness.

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