"Growth takes time and it requires patience and forbearance from the spectator. But the audience must trust that the nature will take care of the future direction." - Erik van Hoorn
Title: Bowl & Kuhilas (fin. Malja ja Kuhilas)
Artist: Erik van Hoorn (Netherlands)
Owner: Borough of Hämeenkyrö
Location: Tampereentie 210 & 2, Hämeenkyrö, see LOCATION
Erik van Hoorn (b. 1952 in Nijmegen, Netherlands) is a pioneer of both, land art and environmental art in his native Netherlands. It can be argued that the Netherlands is large-scale environmental art made by man due to the fact that, the landmass itself has been constructed by first pumping superfluous water back into the ocean and then shaping the remaining earth by building walls and dykes. Graduating from the Academy of Fine Arts in Tilburg, van Hoorn has exhibited his work all around the Europe. Van Hoorn is known for placing and constructing his pieces very specifically to their environment, which are often hard to reach natural environments.
Artist´s webpage: www.erikvanhoorn.exto.nl
The work will be updated in 2013 through adjusting the trees growth towards wanted forms.
Bowl & Kuhulas from Erik van Hoorn (b. 1952 in Nijmege, Holland) are situated in the two roundabouts at the borough of Hämeenkyrö. They are splitting the highway to Vaasa from Tampere and are situated about 1 kilometers distance from each other. The practice of Erik can Hoorn has been compared to the works of Danish artist Mikael Hansen. Both artists work with the living environment, however, instead of forcing nature toward wanted forms, it is instead guided towards the light, just as trees are directed to the sun. Both of van Hoorn’s works have been born through site-specific action, and will leave a permanent mark. The age of the work is estimated to be from 70 to 100 years, as the birch trees achieve their maximum height.
For Bowl & Kuhilas, selected birch trees (type: Betula Pendula) are directed towards two separate forms. " I have started these works to grow in two different directions. Kuhilas towards parabolic (pointed pyramid) form and Bowl towards a hyperboloc (bowl) form." Since the beginning, these two artworks have had their own individuality, each with separate concerns. Nature is nature and it cannot be precisely predicted. "Growth takes time and it requires patience and forbearance from the spectator. But the audience must trust that the nature will take care of the future direction." adds Erik van Hoorn.
This text was originally written by Erik van Hoorn in 1998 and revised by Pekka Ruuska in 2012.