At the start of 2021 the artist Bart Eysink Smeets stayed for several weeks in the Artist-in-Residence in the Haniahof. During his residence Bart started his research of ‘the hedge’.
The unwritten social rules concerning front yards are quite strict and neighbors remind each other to keep the hedges accurately cut and attended to, but how logical is it to conform a plant to an imaginable box? To express this idea he started cutting other plants like chamber plants and flowers into square shapes. And not without direct results: online he even received a couple of negative comments by people that somehow felt some sort of pity for the plants.
Out of this research Bart is now developing a permanent artwork for the roundabout at the Nobelweg in Leeuwarden. It is an organic work that will evolve with time. The roundabout (see the image) will be occupied by Bart for a couple of years! We don’t want to say too much yet, but we do want to invite you for the big, collective kick-off event.
Prepare to get your hands dirty, because the roundabout has to be filled completely with trees and bushes. We have tools for digging, and nice hot drinks to keep you warm.
Help us plant Barts artwork!
Earlier this year Bart Eysink Smeets stayed for a couple of weeks in our Artist on Residence in the Haniahof. Maybe you remember the alienating pictures he took of room plants: the leaves cut in a neat square.
Bart is busy with the following VHDG-roundabout project. It is an organical work, that will evolve with time. The roundabout (see image) will be occupied by Bart for several years! We don’t want to poil too much, but we do want to invite you for the big, collective kick-off!
Expect to get your hands dirty, because the roundabout has to be filled with trees and shrubberies. For the digging we have tools, to quench your thirst we have drinks.
Which garden-enthusiasts will we see there?! The work will probably take a couple of hours. We’ll let you know the exact time. Let us know if you’re interested.
Image: Bart Eysink Smeets