Saudade


The evocative power of a building site

Houten


Heap of sand in Houten

Heap of sand in Houten

The residents’ power of imagination to envision their future kitchens in the concrete foundations, plus the images and rituals of construction in the newest part of Houten, served as the inspiration for the art project ‘Saudade’ that took place in Houten South. ‘Saudade’ consists of five works of art, a number of temporary activities based around these works, and a photography competition for residents of this new neighbourhood. The artworks function as visual recollections of the adventurous early years of the neighbourhood. They show that an unfinished neighbourhood offers more to the imagination than a place where every playground has been delineated in a ready-to-use neighbourhood.

text by Sjaak Langenberg

 

Saudade

Houten dunes


Marram Grass growing on miniature dune landscape

An inhabitant of the Dutch town Houten, who had just returned from holiday on the island Texel, discovered to her surprise that a dune landscape had appeared opposite her house. Initially the… Read More…


Saudade

Hamam


Construction site of the Hamam

A bathhouse, whereby construction was suspended before completion, turned out to be perfectly useful in its unfinished form. The foundations can be used as tables and benches to stage small scale neighbourhood activities… Read More…