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Middelharnis Sommelsdijk and Dirksland road S47 (N215)
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"an artistic approach

In 1984 the ''Praktijkbureau Beeldende Kunstopdrachten'' and the Provincial department of Construction of the province of Zuid-Holland NL (Office for Public Art Commissions) commissioned me to make a study of the provincial plans to project a ring-road, the S47 - now the N215 - bypassing the towns of Middelharnis, Sommelsdijk and Dirksland in the province, South Holland. I was to explore the possibilities for implementing innovations resulting from an artistic perception of the plans. The Praktijkbureau was founded to explore new possibilities for art in the public space. My involvement started out as an experiment. After presenting my report, most of my proposals were accepted and I was asked to join the team of the construction phase.

The area to be studied was the former island Goeree-Overflakkee, in the south-west of The Netherlands. It is a typical Dutch polder-land - everything made by man. For many centuries this part of Holland has been enlarged by recapturing land from the sea and cultivated. This was a gradual change.

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