Land art and site specific sculpture - land art uses the environment and its scale as its material. Concrete art is expressed in material itself with which the artist introduces her non-representational objective. Public art can be viewed and accessed by observers.
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The construction of one of Holland's first environmental sculpture projects.
1969 - The construction of one of Holland's first urban land art projects. I called this kind of work environmental sculpture.


In 1969 I received my first commission to make a land art project. The location was a large inner garden in the "Dienst Sociale Werkvoorziening" in Dordrecht. I had read Isamu Noguchi's A Sculptor's World and realized that there were few limitations to sculpture and this garden was an excellent location to make land art for the city of Dordrecht. The terms and conditions stated that this space was to remain closed to the public. Thus it had to have a representational character. For me this was an opportunity to realize a work which was purely visual and needed no functional elements to cater to the wishes or needs of anyone choosing to linger there.

It was to be for viewing only; so I had a vision of an environment which should not invite to explore it only visually, not to enter it. I wanted to create a space with contrasting elements. An arid space contrasted by an element with flowing water which disappears into and under the field of rough lava rocks. As you an see in the picture above: the lava field is quite inaccessible.


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