Sand watch (2015) Observatorium

Freek van Arkel
About the artwork

On 10 July 2015 became the Sand watch from artist collective Observatorium. It is a large open sculpture that was commissioned by the Port of Rotterdam Authority to crown the construction of the Second Maasvlakte. The Sand watch stands on the beach in the middle of the dunes and consists of a large number of elements of various sizes. It is a drawing cast in concrete in the dune landscape, which visualizes three stages of the formation of the dune. The skeleton forms a complex structure, which also changes its shape by spraying the sand. You can wander through the object through the large surface and see Sand watch and the environment always in a different perspective. The temporarily placed work of art invites you to stand still and enjoy the panoramic view. The artwork brings a human dimension to an almost infinite landscape of sand, sea and terminals.

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About the artist

Observatorium is a collaboration of artists Geert van de Camp, André Dekker, Ruud Reutelingsperger and Lieven Poutsma in Rotterdam. Since 1997 they have dedicated themselves to the connections between art, landscape and society. They make sculptures that are accepted as a common good for that genius loci and that are used.

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