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The erratic. Measuring compensation, 2009

Jorge Satorre
Courtesy: the artist

Foto Jorge SatorreIn the summer of 2009, in the Netherlands, Jorge Satorre (Mexico) searched for, and eventually located, a large erratic block: one of those enormous boulders shifted by glaciers from Scandinavia to the Netherlands during the last Ice Age. Satorre returned the boulder to Scandinavia, its place of origin. Satorre's project refers to the changes on the Dutch landscape over time - once as a consequence of massive geomorphologic processes, and over the past centuries primarily as a result of human intervention. In addition, Satorre aims to offer a critique of the way in which we deal with our landscape. In the case of Maasvlakte 2, for example, the project's environmental consequences are compensated for via the development of a nature reserve.

Besides the fact that the boulder originated in Scandinavia, there is another connection with these northern countries: the hard seawall on the north-western rim of Maasvlakte 2 is constructed from rocks from Scandinavia.

The artist reports on the events by means of pencil drawings, similar to the storyboard of a film in which both factual and imagined details are shown. A drawing of an imagined protest at the start of the boulder's journey back to Scandinavia was erected as a billboard on the edge of Maasvlakte in the autumn of 2009.