Paul de Kort: PIER+HORIZON (2016)

Paul de Kort, PIER+HORIZON (2016). Foto: Paul de Kort
Paul de Kort, PIER+HORIZON (2016). Foto: Paul de Kort

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Before the Noordoostpolder was reclaimed, a 6 kilometre long dam was located on the exact same spot as the artwork in the water of the former Zuiderzee (now Zwarte Meer). This dam connected the lighthouse Old Kraggenburg with the main land at Genemuiden. The original position of the dam is still visible from the air in the allotment pattern of the Noordoostpolder. Paul de Kort has restored a small part of this dam by featuring it as the central axis of his artwork. The concrete bicycle path is aligned with the pier, strengthening the connection of the artwork with Old Kraggenburg.

Several 20 meter long ‘kraggen’ - strips of intertwined floating water plants - float around the axis of PIER+HORIZON. Attached on one side to a pole, the kraggen function as a sort of weathervanes: when the wind and current are strong, the kraggen all point in the same direction. The poles have been placed in the Zwarte Meer according to a strict hexagonal grid. This grid is a reference to the Central Place theory on which architect and urban planner Cornelis van Eesteren based his plans for the Noordoostpolder. The title of this artwork pays tribute to Piet Mondriaan and his series of paintings Pier and Ocean (1915).

Every morning, when the sun is perfectly aligned with the dam and the webcam, a photo is taken. Gradually, a series of photos is formed that will visualize the artwork in a completely different time dimension. This series of photos can be found at www.pierplushorizon.nl.

Documentary maker Barend Hazeleger has been following Paul de Kort for a while and has created a documentary on the creation of the artwork. See his short preview:

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PIER+HORIZON is made possible by the Province of Flevoland, Noordoostpolder municipality, Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds, Waterschap Zuiderzeeland, Bouwfonds Cultuurfonds.