‘The fall’, the elegy of the Weeping Beech

He has seen the lovebirds come and go, has witnessed the pavilion’s heyday.

A small wall betrays the presence of the former French pavilion buried underground. A path lined by rotten railway sleepers leads from the main avenue over the overgrown roof of the pavilion to the trunk of the weeping beech. This beech was still a young, small tree in the Floriade era. He has since grown into a medium-sized giant and the inscriptions in his bark bear witness to dozens of lovers. He has seen the lovebirds come and go, has witnessed the pavilion’s heyday, but also its downfall. With its large curtain of branches, it hides the decay. Wear headphones to experience the full effect of the original recording.

Script and casting: Pim Muda

Voice actor: Maarten Wansink

Sound design: Tijn Hazen

Translation: Ton Heuvelmans