marc van vliet sets floating observatory on the dutch flat sands
(above) the structure celebrates the moment when the sun stand stills

 

 

 

over the course of history, structures have been erected in different parts of the world in order to observe and celebrate the moment when the sun stands still. on 21 june each year there is a transition from spring to summer. these locations eventually became observatories or ritual sites. people still come together at sites around the globe to observe this phenomenon, regardless of age, origin, race or religion.

marc van vliet de streken observatory flat sands netherlands designboom
a long boardwalk leads to the pavilion

 

 

 

marc van vliet has installed a wooden structure in the north of the netherlands called ‘de streken’ that changes with the tides. placed in the center of zeven streken (seven illuminated points of the compass), observers find themselves in the middle of a large entity that occupies the landscape out as far as the horizon. with each passing hour of the day, the project reveals different aspects of its sand flats location, that serves as a meeting location illuminated by the sun.

 

video courtesy of TUIG / marc van vliet

 

 

 

the form and function of the installation draw on the breadth and openness of the wadden landscape. anything placed here is lost in the void, making the horizon a determinant, because depending on how the object is placed, its form will change with the tide. the almost imperceptible variation takes place twice per day, directing the visitor’s gaze outwards during the ebb tide, and inwards during the flood one.

 

the installation takes place in the context of ‘leeuwarden 2018’ (cultural capital) and ‘sense of place’. it aims to travel along the wadden over the next four years. at each location, a connection will be sought between the sand flats, the sun, and the horizon with the illuminated points of the compass and the tide. 

marc van vliet de streken observatory flat sands netherlands designboom
the form and function of the installation draw on the breadth and openness of the wadden landscape

marc van vliet de streken observatory flat sands netherlands designboom
with each passing hour of the day, the project reveals different aspects of its sand flats location

marc van vliet de streken observatory flat sands netherlands designboom
one of the seven mirros

marc van vliet de streken observatory flat sands netherlands designboom
visitors walking on the bridge

marc van vliet de streken observatory flat sands netherlands designboom
inside view during high tide

marc van vliet de streken observatory flat sands netherlands designboom
sunny day with high tide

 

 

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edited by: juliana neira | designboom

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