An outdoor sculpture about how humanity explores, colonises and leaves the world behind. A flat oval (largest length 300 cm. smallest width 200 cm.)with a small raised edge of plusminus 3 cm. A thin layer of salty clay is spread on this oval and during a performance, the flat clay is first explored by the feet and then vigorously touched with the feet until exhaustion follows. During the exhibition, it would be nice if visitors to the quadrilateral take photos and perhaps comments of the oval left behind, how it changes due to drought or rain. I would like to collect these photos and comments and post them on a special page in my site on the internet.
film of first part - exploring
film of second part - colonising
film of third part - escalating
7 May 19:00
14 May 10:02
17 May 13:05
Some change is noticeable in the oval, grasses have entered the oval and when it rains, water remains in it, which incidentally dries up when it stops raining for a while. The colour of the soil also changes when it rains, becoming darker and when it dries out it looks light grey and cracks appear. At different times of the day, it looks different anyway. Nice to notice all this when you have an eye for it. But no obvious sign of plant growth or anything.
The status of this clay project is (dd 17/06/23) dehydration due to the heat which has made it hard Seeds have hopefully been absorbed into the clay by the processing (tripping) Time is a good thing to see what the final result will be.
I would like to be kept informed about that. Kind regards Jaap
On 16 June, I was at your exhibition in Groede.
You had had the photo from Jaap.
The clay was rock hard and very similar to the white salty clay from the Waterdunen, which had been intensively walked on by cows.
In the hollows was small stuff; dust, fluff from the trees and seeds similar to those of the judas pennywort, but much smaller.
photo's Fred and Han
It looks so hard and dry.
photo's Diana and Hans
This is what 'the earth' looks like now, Saturday 24 June. Was totally dried out a few days earlier, but after a good shower it was creamy again like in the beginning. But not much is growing yet. Kees
not much rain, a bit darker but you can't see that in the photo I guess ... Laura
Two weeks and a summer storm later, the earth has silted up. And nothing is still growing, at least not above ground. But who knows what bacteria and fungi are doing below the surface. Kees
Clay collected, worked by scanning, textures, dryness, as if sculpted, immortalised, seems to symbolise climate change and at the mercy of nature.... Henk
4 August 19.40
There is plenty of hope more and more seeds are germinating.
Last night's rain went over it and covered the cracks a bit again.
Now, September 9, after a tropical week preceded by rain, the ground is flattening. More and more plants are growing. Pioneers like algae and mosses. Also a pea-like, grasses and what falls under weeds. Grass along the side grows over it. There is plenty of light but no sun. Henk