Monday, March 16, 2009

Ecologically Inspired Art - Part 3 - Lucien den Arend

The artistic development of Lucien den Arend, a Dutch sculptor and artist who takes the landscape into remarkable consideration in his environmental projects, began with painting from nature or even perhaps with the shelters he made himself of flexible willow rods as a child.

Unlike town and open space planners, den Arend does not seek to create interesting or beneficial effects with the natural elements he uses; rather his main concern is with evoking the unexpected, and thus he gives hills, shrub plantings, reservoirs and canals the form of curves, semicircles, squares, lines and grids an exercise in practical geometry.
Extract from Topos European Landscape Magazine

Homage to El Lissitzky
Lelystad Flevo Polder the Netherlands

Pieter Janszoon Saenredam Project
Barendrecht Holland

Island x-ing
Continuation of the Walburg project into the Volgerlanden

Farel School Netherlands

The Iron Pollard
Hardinxveld Giessendam Holland

den Arend's Gothic 2
Penttilä Open Air Museum Finland

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  1. Love these posts. Thank you for the introduction to Lucien den Arend.

  2. I do love gemoetrics! It creates such a striking image to see nature grow in a geometric form, usually nature will create it's own timeless design but there is something to be said about these designs too! Beautiful!

  3. Can we bring his sculptures to Victoria to replace the atrocities that are in Beacon Hill Park, Bastion Square and Save on Foods Memorial Center?

  4. This is why I love Amsterdam so much. The Dutch have an amazing lifestyle and appreciation for all level of the arts.

    Even after touring the NAI in Rodderdam, I didn't understand what polders were...are they a plot of land or that dam type structure, holding back the land?

    Great post Christian

  5. the dutch touch!

  6. Cb,
    loving the ecologically inspired art series, more please.

  7. Michelle,

    Your spot on, a polder is essentially a piece of low lying land reclaimed from the sea or a river that is protected by dikes.

  8. What a surprise to find this blog - and about my work! I'm honored.

  9. Your work is brilliant Mr. den Arend, the pleasure was all mine.