Program: Pavilion/Art installation
Location: Avelgem, Belgium
Scale: 120 m²
Team: Jason Slabbynck
A “land art” intervention in this area should strengthen the relationship between the landscape and the water in a poetic manner. To do this, we start from the natural form of the water that has cut out this area: the meanders of the ‘Schelde”. In the green plain, adjacent to the ‘Ter Meerch’ rest home, we are planning an intervention along the stream that is shaped like a semicircle. This is positioned perpendicular to two irrigation canals in the lower’ Meersen’ area and thus gives the formal suggestion of a meander. One half of the bend drops ± 2 meters downwards and brings the visitor to the same level as the water level. As a result, the eye line of the visitor is lower than the surrounding landscape and his view disappears. The grandeur of the landscape is transformed into something intimate and small with a strong relationship to the water. The other half of the bend forms an inversion and therefore rises ± 2 meters. Hereby the view over the landscape is further strengthened and forms, as it were, a viewing balcony. Because the path takes the form of a bend, it is not immediately clear where it goes. Furthermore, the path narrows up or down, so that the raised walls are inclined. In this way they do not form hard walls but a back to sit or lean against.
The mobilizing nature of this work is that we make the topography of the landscape experienceable for potential visitors. In itself it is not only about the physical work itself, but also about the new perspective it presents on the landscape. From a view of the landscape to a view of the water.