NeeltjeJans





NeeltjeJans

2007

Table piece, cast concrete: 30 x 15 x 24 cm

Neeltje Jans is the name of the little village on the sea inlet which the Dutch closed off in the seventies, famously known as The Delta Works. As a child I saw pictures of the huge pylon pontoons that where constructed in a large natural dry dock. 69 large concrete pylons were floated out in the sea inlet to be sunk onto the sea bed. It struck me that 80 % of this beautiful humanly engineered concrete ice berg was sank below the sea water, never to be seen again. It was one of the largest concrete constructions of its time, at the pinnacle of technical innovation and an integrate part of our Dutch culture, our struggle to hold back the sea.






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