Floating forest

By Kate Hassett

Floating forest
New art project finds use for otherwise discarded trees, returning them to nature.

March will see the city of Rotterdam take to the seas, as an art installation aims to reclaim otherwise discarded forestry, returning it to nature.

The art piece, named “In Search of Habitus” is by artist Jorge Bakker and run by a local art collective called Mothership.

The project has been a few years in the making, starting off with initial planning in 2014. After successful trials, the group began moving forward late last year and will be revealing the final project in early March.

“The Bobbing Forest will be made mostly from pre-existing materials,” states the project webpage.

“The trees will be donated by the Bomendepot. Each time a part of the city is renovated, trees have to be moved. In the past, these trees would have been destroyed; nowadays, however, the city’s Public Works Department stores them at the Bomendepot. Twenty old sea buoys from the North Sea will be provided by Rijkswaterstaa…”

View the website here for more information. 

Would you like to see this initiative in your home town?

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