In the period 2020-2026 the highways A12 and A27 around the junction Lunetten in Utrecht will be broadened. In this area there are various elements of the ‘Nieuwe Hollandse Waterlinie’ (New Dutch Water Line). Rijkswaterstaat is responsible for saving and restoring elements of this heritage, which might receive UNESCO World Heritage status by 2020. In addition, Rijkswaterstaat is committed to highlight this former line of defence in strategic places.
On the initiative of Recreatieschap Stichtse Groenlanden, owner of the recreation area south of the A12, Rijkswaterstaat has made resources available to realise a work of art that makes the Nieuwe Hollandse Waterlinie visible in such a strategic location. The Province of Utrecht facilitates the supervision of the process and has commissioned Véronique Baar from QKunst to manage the project.
The artwork will be visible for traffic using the A12, for cyclists and hikers coming over the bicycle bridge from Lunetten, and for water sports enthusiasts, swimmers, festival visitors and other users of the recreational area that is being exploited by Down Under. The artwork will contribute to a better connection and a softer transition from the city to the outlying area.
The realisation of an image-defining work on the A12 is an opportunity to generate positive attention for the project Ring Utrecht, the area Laagraven including Down Under and the Nieuwe Hollandse Waterlinie. For all parties involved, it is an opportunity to make a positive contribution to disclose the cultural-historical values of the Nieuwe Hollandse Waterlinie.
Véronique Baar manager project artwork A12