Observation, analysis and interpretation
Maasvlakte 2 is a project of dredgers, a huge amount of sand, rocks, steel and concrete. But also a project that revolves aroun people, nature and the environment, with a historical, cultural dimension. A project that demands to be closely tracked by artists. They observe, analyse and interpret the developments on the new edge of the Netherlands. Every artist does this in his or her own distinct way,working from a different perspective, and can represent what the land reclamation means to, for example, those working or living in the area. How people live or recreate here. How the land rises from the water and what happens to the local nature. How the landscape changes, or which almost forgotten stories circulate about the area. Or the artists translate incidents that happened in reality into their own imagery. This allows for the development of interesting, exciting and stimulating stories in images and words, which show Maasvlakte 2 through the eyes of the artists.
As early as 2007, the first artist made a photographic record of the first changes made in the area in connection with the construction. In 2009, twelve visual artists gained inspiration from the construction and the port, creating a variety of works under the title 'Portscapes'. Again in 2009, ten poets put their view of the area to words in a poem for the collection of poems ‘Woorden in de branding' (Awash with words). Combined, all these projects, stories and reflections give form to the cultural dimension of the construction of Maasvlakte 2 and the port.
Would you like to know more? Look below for more information about one of the art projects.
- Image Project Maasvlakte 2, artists create images of Maasvlakte 2, 2007-2013
- Awash in words, poems about the port and the port expansion, 2009
- Portscapes, artist' views on the construction and the port, 2009
- Portscapes 2, work in progress, 2010-2013
The visual art projects dealing with Maasvlakte 2 were set up by the Port of Rotterdam Authority (Project Organization Maasvlakte 2) with substantive advice and financial support from the Foundation Art and Public Space (SKOR). The Image Project Maasvlakte 2 involves close collaboration with the Nederlands Fotomuseum.