Waterline Monument, Utrecht, The Netherlands

荷蘭烏特勒支 水線紀念碑

Gijs Van Vaerenbergh | 吉斯.范.瓦倫伯格

The New Dutch Waterline was a historic defence line measuring 85 kilometres in length. Waterline Monument, the latest artwork by Gijs Van Vaerenbergh, was recently installed on the slope between the A12 motorway and the green recreation area Laagravense Plassen in Utrecht (Netherlands). The new work depicts in a contemporary manner the ingenious hydraulic engineering of the New Dutch Waterline. The Waterline is an extensive system that lies hidden in the landscape. Gijs Van Vaerenbergh chose to work with the figure of a lock, one of the most important elements in this system, used as a gate to hold back the waters. As such, it forms a crucial link between dykes and embankments.

Viewed from an angle, Waterlinie Monument looks massive. The work was formed through the stacking of hundreds of open steel tubes of different lengths. A field of tension is created: the logic of stacking creates an abstract repetition; the diversity of lengths creates an irregular relief. From a distance, the image of the lock is dominant; up close, the work's appearance is determined by the rhythm and composition of the tubes. The slope onto which the work is placed, the footpath, the A12 motorway and the water, they all run parallel to each other and at right angles to the tubes of Waterlinie Monument. As such, the work always presents itself as a solid stack of tubes, except when visitors pass by it. The gaze then not only passes through the arches of the gate, but also through the tubes themselves. For a brief moment, the image dissolves; the artwork becomes partially transparent. This creates a special, elusive moment of wonder and a new perception of spatiality.




Principal Architects:Gijs Van Vaerenbergh
Structural Engineering:ABT
Contractor:Van Wijk Nieuwegein(groundwork).AREL(steel contractor)
Principal Materials:corten steel tubes
Location:Utrecht, The Netherlands
Photos:Johnny Umans
Interview:Jason Chen
Text:Gijs Van Vaerenbergh
Collator:Grace Hung


施工單位:Van Wijk Nieuwegein(基礎工程).AREL(鋼鐵工程)

Gijs Van Vaerenbergh | 吉斯.范.瓦倫伯格