H S L: Biotoop- Coupure- Perforatie 2001

Two passage ways are planned for the area in the earthen tracks of the high speed line (HSL) but the result will feel more like a wall. The Bentwoud (the Bent Forest) will grow to the east of this wall, although not in the immediate future. The wall must be ecologically exploited and the passage ways clearly demarcated.

On average more rain falls on the western side. This side is also warmer thanks to the protection offered by the town and higher midday temperatures. These biological factors can be further maximized through the use of different ground soils, seed mixtures, and raised patterns in the surface of the dike. In the ecological world the paths and dikes are famous/infamous for their interlopers from distant places.

Where a passage way was desirable, but the omnipresence of the water too threatening, ‘€˜coupures’€™ were made in the dike; openings which could be closed with beams or doors. These ‘€˜hard’€™ openings in the sloping body of the dike are, for me, a reason to argue for passage ways in the form of cuts.

Placing pipes diagonally through the dike directs the gaze to the land or sky. Drain holes and other stones or man-made material, are dotted over the earth in such a way that they manipulate one’€™s conception of space. This partial or complete perforation also offers a greater variation of possibilities for the balance of nature.