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New project 'Clausura'

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Last week we presented our new project Clausura to the press and public.

Commissioned by Herita, (National Trust for Flanders) this new public artwork for the Historic Abbey of Herkenrode in Belgium will bring back the vanished building complex in the heart of the abbey to its true scale and original location. A structure of thin steel rods is used to outline the vanished buildings of the cloister, as if they were drawn into the space. 

The study of the project, in relation to the existing remains, is currently ongoing. The construction of the work is expected to start in 2025. 

As from today, visitors can already experience a true scale test fragment on site, together with an exhibition about the context of the project, including a 1/50 model.

‘Wandering Garden’ construction update

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Update on the building of our in-situ work Wandering Garden for the KULeuven 600th anniversary year. After months of rain, we were recently able to finish the foundations and we started to install the walls on location. After the summer break, works will continue on the ground, landscape and greenery in and around the project. After completion in autumn, the project will be at ‘rest’ until its opening in spring 2025. 

Installation 'Folly' in Park Huis Doorn

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This week, we installed the sculpture ‘FOLLY’ in Park Huis Doorn (near Utrecht, Netherlands). It is permanently on display in the freely accessible historic parc.

Open Studio

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On Wednesday 27/3 artist residency Bac Art Lab will open its doors with a program of studio exhibitions and performances and a bar. On this occasion we will also open our studio and showcase a selection of upcoming projects.

Bac Art Lab (program) (location)
27/3 16h-23h

Start Production ‘Folly’ for Park Huis Doorn (NL)

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The production of ‘Folly’ has started in the workshop. This contemporary installation will soon be installed in the centuries-old castle parc of Huis Doorn in the Netherlands. ‘Folly’ will be a life-size reconstruction of a disappeared folly on its original location. Seen from the castle it will evoke the original construction. When approaching, the installation reveals its depth and is seen from different angles, deconstructing the recognizable, original silhouette.

Mockup 'Wandering Garden' on display

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Recently, the mock up we made for Wandering Garden, was installed on the courtyard of the Arenberg castle as a sneak preview. In the meantime the works on the construction site have started with the demolition of the former parking.

Start production ‘Wandering Garden’

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This week we visited the 1/1 mockup of the steel structure for our upcoming project Wandering Garden. The production is starting up, works on site start from January 2024.

Announcement project ‘Forest Track’

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Today, our new project Forest Track was announced to the press. We are developing a design for two walking paths through the green parts separating different building clusters on the UHasselt Campus in Diepenbeek.

Building Permit for project ‘Canal Belvedères’

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The building permit for Canal Belvédères, our project for the transformation of two watersides in the Canal in Brussels is approved.

New installation ‘Shelter’ for Ijselbiennale

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The IJssel Biënnal, a public art route along the river Ijssel in the North of the Netherlands, has opened. We contributed with ‘Shelter’, a temporary roof structure, gently build between the trunks of two Willow trees.

Première ‘Blood Wedding’ at ITA Amsterdam

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On Sunday April 1st, the theater piece Blood Wedding premiered at Internaal Theatre Amsterdam. The play, written by Lorca, was directed by Wim Vandekeybus and produced by ITA ensemble. We participated with a design for the scenography. a space-filling felt drape both defines the field of play as it is a space on itself.

Opening of the exhibition Escher - Other world

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On Friday evening February 17th, the exhibition Escher - Other World was officially opened at Kunstmuseum Den Haag (NL)