Untitled, Protopark, Siegerpark, Sloterweg, Amsterdam (NL), 2002
Material: plastic tubing, tree; 5 x 7 x 12 m
Commissioned by: Amsterdams Fonds voor de Kunst (AFK)
Photo: Tanja Smeets
The Amsterdams Fonds voor de Kunst asked ten artists to create a sculpture for a green space in the city, thus fusing the experience of art and nature. The commission called for a 'prototype' that would enhance the enjoyment of both.
One of the locations is the Siegerpark, a small park on the Sloterweg in Amsterdam's Nieuw-West neighbourhood. It was laid out in the 1920s by the landscape architect Jan Bosma for the wealthy patron Dr Wilhelm Sieger, who was interested in beekeeping.
The park was acquired by the City of Amsterdam in the 1950s and is now maintained in an environmentally responsible fashion.
It attracts many visitors and many local office workers take their breaks there.
'I chose plastic tubing for 60 cents per metre and wove it on large frames to create glistening blue mats. I took these to the park and wove them onto the branches of an old tree. My sculpture nestles like a parasite in the tree, creating a new entity. Now it's just a matter of waiting to see how long it takes before people see the new situation as "natural".'
'I am uncovering disorderly and disturbing growth processes, while at the same time I am looking for the naturalness of the new situation.'