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Keith Barrett
Alexander Baturin
Henk van den Berg
Gabriele Berger
Françoise van den Bosch
Kees Buckens
Wien Cobbenhagen
Henck van Dijck
Wim Drion
Jeroen Fransen
Ron Gennisse
Henk van Gerner
Rinus Groenendaal
Jorma Hautala
Lutz Hellmuth
May Hobijn
Kari Huhtamo
Margreet Huisman
Venelin Ivanov
Marja de Jong
Roland de Jong Orlando
Ton Kalle
Bart Kelholt
Bert De Keyser
Aart Lamberts
Niels Lous
Wicher Meursing
Oleg Nikoliuk
Jeroen Niemeyer
Cor Noltee
Marco de Nood
Herbert Nouwens
Matti Peltokangas
Kiril Prashkov
Vera Röhm
Geert Schiks
Anneke Schollaardt
Mari Shields
Lies van der Sluis
Wim Smits
Rezsö Somfai
Borislav Stoev
Jan Jelle Stroosma
Yuri Sviridov
Georghiu Tchapkenov
Yutaka Toyota
Rita van der Vegt
Frits Vanèn
Vasil Vasilev
Arie Wols
Gennady Zubkov
Lucien den Arend


May Hobijn

Johann Sebastian Bach Sculpture Symposium
Forum Konkrete Kunst
four nations four spaces
North Sea Black Sea
Peterskirche Erfurt D

Holland constructive
coby brinkers
go de graaf
henk van trigt
lucien den arend
piet van zon

return of Vincent van Gogh







Pieter Janszoon Saenredam Project

The municipality of Barendrecht, near Rotterdam in Holland, commissioned Lucien den Arend to make a landscape design for a new housing project called Molenvliet. Den Arend proposed to make use of a planned water reservoir. He reshaped it into a large rectangle - eighty by fifty meters. On one end he projected a thirty by thirty meter island - ten meters away from the three adjacent shores. On the island he planted a grid of sixteen by sixteen rows of willow trees. These are pollarded every three years. 

Landscape as Project

Barendrecht Holland and the sculptures of Lucien den Arend - his site specific sculpture ordered by the city of Barendrecht

50X80m reservoir and 30X30m island with osier - 1982|1985/∞









from Topos European Landscape Magazine, number 3×1993, Lucien den Arend: Landscape as Project

Ursula Poblotzki

'The artistic development of Lucien den Arend, a Dutch sculptor and artist who takes the landscape into remarkable consideration in his environmental projects, began with painting from nature - or even perhaps with the shelters he made himself of flexible willow rods as a child. On turning to sculpture in the sixties, he not only made objects out of bronze, steel and other classical materials but also began to incorporate elements that he found in his immediate surroundings in his work, leading on to a development towards his present-day landscape projects.

Den Arend calls his work geometrically abstract, and it is clear that mathematics and a conceptual approach play an important role in it. He is not so much concerned with the final result as with the actual working with materials, with the constructive phase itself. As he wrote in 1988, "I study delineation of form, from the inside outwards: transdimensionally. legible form. delineation of space. scientifically." The years that den Arend spent in the USA as a child and student helped him gain a distanced approach to The Netherlands, his native country, and enabled him to recognize the particular character and potential of its landscape and traditions. As far as his work was concerned, he was aware, however, that he would have to take a different approach in the Dutch landscape, one that clearly bears the mark of man's ordering hand, than in a "natural" situation, where an object of art immediately stands out. He realized he would have to relate his work to other designed forms and that it would have to be extremely forceful in character if it were to gain the same evocation as in a natural setting. This could be achieved, in his opinion, through greater analysis of scale; after all, in a desert a car is as spectacular as a Boeing 747.

Den Arend takes the materials he uses from the surroundings of a given project. Concrete and steel predominate in his technical objects, while earth, trees, lawns, water are used and given new meaning in his landscape works. He is very fond of trees, such as pollard willows, whose rods will immediately take root once they are struck into the earth and which regularly change in appearance in accordance with the osiery tradition. Another tree he likes to work with is the linden tree, which is traditionally found in front of farmhouses in The Netherlands, where it is planted parallel to the facade in numbers in two or three, its trunks banded white with lime.

Unlike town and open space planners, den Arend does not seek to create interesting or beneficial effects with the natural elements he uses; rather his main concern is with evoking the unexpected, and thus he gives hills, shrub plantings, reservoirs and canals the form of curves, semicircles, squares, lines and grids - an exercise in practical geometry. Indeed, he set up a foundation in the small town of Barendrecht in homage to the painter Pieter Janszoon Saenredam (1597-1665), whose objective and scrupulously precise depiction of architecture he admires, coupling it with a project that links mathematics and landscape culture, Japanese inspiration and Dutch tradition at the same time.

The project is to be as transitional in character as both Dutch osier cultivation, where the pollard willows are replaced when they fall apart once they get old, and the Grand Shrine of Ise in Japan, where a new shrine is set up every 20 years in replacement of the old one, which is demolished. In this respect den Arend took one of the reservoirs used in The Netherlands to help regulate the water level and changed its quasi-organic shape to a rectangular one, providing it at the same time with 16 by 16 rows of willow branches in memory of the days when osier beds played an important role in the reclamation of land. Once the branches have grown into mature trees, their closely set trunks will be evocative of the interior of a crypt. In June 1997, the 400th anniversary of the artist's birth, and every twelve and a half years after that, this "interior" is to be whitewashed to increase the association with Saenredam's Calvinistic church interiors. The foundation that den Arend has set up is to ensure that this regular ceremony is continued after his death.

 Art in the landscape is public in the best sense of the word. It reaches far more people than the usual works that hang in living rooms or museums. Landscapes and urban open spaces belong to us all, and landscape projects are works of art that can be experienced by everyone, every day. Moreover, projects that include trees are able to grow with the people and age with them.'

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