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 rotonde rotondes roundabout roundabouts traffic circle circles & cities - site specific, environmental sculpture and landscape design -  free standing and public sculptures - landscape projects and bridges by Lucien den Arend, sculptor

rotonde - stainless steel - 900 cm - round-about Baandert the entree to Heemskerk

 

Lucien den Arend's  personal views on roundabouts and public sculpture

''In 1998 The city of Heemskerk commissioned me to make a proposal for this location. The traffic circulates around the spot, giving me an extra incentive to make a work which would appear to be different from the different angles of approach. Coming from- and going towards the highway the sculpture projects itself as a triangle. When you approach it from a direction perpendicular to the previous one, you perceive an ellipse.

 rotonde rotondes roundabout roundabouts traffic circle circles & cities - site specific, environmental sculpture and landscape design -  free standing and public sculptures - landscape projects and bridges by Lucien den Arend, sculptor     rotonde rotondes roundabout roundabouts traffic circle circles & cities - site specific, environmental sculpture and landscape design -  free standing and public sculptures - landscape projects and bridges by Lucien den Arend, sculptor

Thus it forms a transition between an ellipse and an equilateral triangle.

There is a number of prerequisites to be taken into account: the sculpture should permit a good visibility for the traffic. Although there are theories that blocking the vision, to a certain extent, makes the motorist more cautious. In any case the object should not demand or actively distract the attention. Esthetically speaking, I find that the design should be one which permits casual appreciation, and still it must have a strong presence. And my personal idea is that the continuous changing of position of the spectators - the observing passers by - gives possibilities which should not be relinquished. Please visit my site at www.denarend.com with more than 1100 pages with my sculptures including the site specific works.''

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