Each city has its own shape as well as history.
The motives of the sculpture are created through tracing the aerial view of each city.By analyzing the city map, I outline the coastlines of the bay, rivers, waterfront, green tract and the city blocks, to cut the shapes out of the surroundings.
When the viewers will observe the sculpture deeper, they will notice that its motives are taken from outlines of the city. This recognition will be anchored to their own memory or knowledge connected to the city and will expand the impression of city where they spent or will spend time. At the same time, resident citizens could be refreshed by this reinterpreted vision of their own city. Thus both viewers and residents will fully realize that they are standing within the actual city.
This sculpture changed its appearance of every installations through the playful function of attached hinges.
It is about a story of the Hecomi on the pavement of a cycle path caused by a growing tree roots.The development of this Hecomi was followed every 4 months during 2 years. The shape was traced during various stages. This way, a series of eight free-hanging sculptures of increasing size and complexity thus created. The outer parts are always folded inward, lending the works a hermetic feel.
In co-operation with the Archaeological Department of the city of Rotterdam (so called BOOR), I was invited to descend into the site, some ten meters below sea-level. With the archaeologists I observed the remains of Rotterdamfs earliest urban settlement Rotta, a disintegrated wall of woven willow twigs belonging to a 10th century (farm)house. This silhouette inspired me to create a sculpture.
This abstract sculpture became an icon that symbolises 1.000 years of history, expressing Rotterdamfs origins. The public of Rotterdam will come into a direct relationship with Rotterdamfs remote past.