senior center turned treehouse by benjamin verdonck
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jun 18, 2012
senior center turned treehouse by benjamin verdonck

‘vogelenzangpark 17bis’ by benjamin verdonck, 2012
all images courtesy TRACK

antwerp-based theater director, writer and visual artist benjamin verdonck has developed the work ‘vogelenzangpark 17bis’ for art festival TRACK:
a contemporary city conversation
in ghent, belgium. his newest environmental intervention artwork draws a subtle connection between old and young
in the context of a close, yet inaccessible treehouse next to a senior activities center. the artist brings to the public space a housing component, partially
obscured from view as it is placed within the branches of a tree outside this gathering area. in vogelenzang park, the clubhouse for senior citizens,
first built in the 1950’s, has now received a replica of one of the segments which comprise this building nestled just in front of this social housing structure.
the almost-clone like building has been constructed at a ratio
too small for human access and instead functions as an evocative work,
imploring the viewer
to combine facets of both his/her youthful and
realities, reflecting upon the notion of their current sense of self.

the small structure blends readily into the environment, mirroring the neighbooring buildings from its lofted position

a passer-by pauses to photograph the work

a detailed visualization of the treehouse exterior
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a collection of images picturing the construction of the work

‘vogelenzangpark 17b (benjamin verdonck voor track)’ by maxim hectors

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