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VIDEO a walk on the Flevopolder earthwork (November 28, 1985)
I had told Fré about my latest land art project and we planned a trip to the Flevopolder; during the night it had snowed, covering the earthwork with a thin white cover. This emphasized the sculptural relief in the landscape; the mound was still made up of fresh dark earth, as it had just been completed. Seeing the dark earthen mound in the green surroundings would have overemphasized the actual effect I was after: grass was to cover the whole work - blending it in with the green surrounding landscape. The relief itself would be enough to differentiate the work from the flat polder landscape´.
So all in all this was a serendipitous day, although my video camera had a hard time deciding how to accommodate the abundance of light on the snow on that sunny day. We walked up the gradual slope of the crescent shaped mound, elevated above the flat Dutch landscape. It was a feeling of launching oneself into the sky - this being my motivation for including the red steel platform on the summit - somewhat like a capstone in architecture. Aside from this artifact, the absence of urban infrastructure evoked the feeling of a moonwalk - especially when reliving the walk, watching the video.