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LAND ART ENVIRONMENTS AND LANDSCAPE PROJECTS
merging grids, tribute to Cor Noltee Dordrecht, Holland
Before 1990 - and the year after I planted merging grids, tribute to Cor Noltee, the osier looked like the photo above - the willows planted in a random fashion.In 1990, I initiated the organization of a sculptors symposium in the Holland wetlands - using the materials and plants found there. A workgroup of the Dutch Sculptors' Association was formed and together with the Foundation for Eastern European Projects a symposium was organized in 1991. It took place in the Dordrecht Merwelanden. Seven Bulgarian- and seven Dutch sculptors were selected to participate in what was to be the first wetlands sculptors symposium in the Netherlands.
The sculptors selected locations in the Merwelanden area. I chose an existing osier bed, located between the dike and the river Nieuwe Merwede. Over a period of time the osier culture had evolved into a random array of willow coppices.
I planted four-meter long willow rods in a stringent system of squares. The title of this work refers to the incongruity between my contribution and the original arrangement of the randomly planted original willows. I accentuated my grid by peeling the bark off the tops of the newly planted branches leaving about half the length. Below the peeled part new branches grew. Eventually the geometrically perfect grid will merge with the random one, and the result will be almost invisible.