A sluice that seems to be lifted from the landscape. This new artwork by artist duo Gijs Van Vaerenbergh (BE) can be seen on the slope that borders the A12. Placed on a strategic location near the cycling bridge and close to the exit of Laagraven and the intersection of Lunetten, the artwork draws the attention of cyclists, hikers and automobilists to the landscape of the ‘Nieuwe Hollandse Waterlinie’ in Laagraven, which was recently declared UNESCO World Heritage.
The ‘Nieuwe Hollandse Waterlinie’ and the ‘Stelling van Amsterdam’, that already had World Heritage status, together form the ‘Hollandse Waterlinies’, the Dutch Water Defence Lines. With the sluices of the Dutch water defence line, pieces of land could be inundated to stop the enemy.
Artist duo Gijs Van Vaerenbergh expressed this feat in their artwork, building it with one component, a steel cylinder. Van Vaerenbergh: ‘From a distance you see the contours of the sluice, close up you see the pixel-like elements that the artwork is made of. This creates different experiences when you see the work from your car, passing it by on the highway, and when you see it walking or cycling by coming from Laagraven.’
Monument for the Waterline is an initiative from Recreatieschap Stichtse Groenlanden made possible by Rijkswaterstaat, the Province of Utrecht and BPD Cultuurfonds, in collaboration with Down Under and the city councils of Houten and Nieuwegein. QKunst guided the whole process.
Image newspage: The artwork by Gijs Van Vaerenbergh near the A12 | Photo: Johnny Umans
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