Ruud van den Bosch, Zalm in blik (Museumbos, since 2004)
With this concept, Ruud van den Bosch wanted to draw attention to the designing capacity of nature itself. Most of nature in the Netherlands is managed by people.
When the landscape architect Christiaan Zalm was working on his design for Cirkelbos in the seventies, he could never have suspected that a fragment of his creation would be canned twenty-five years later. In each of the four corners of the one-hectare parcel of Museumbos stands a huge oak pole, five metres tall. The borders of the parcel are marked by wide cleared strips which no-one may cross. This wood is out of bounds.
Processes of Nature
The symbolic demarcation of the oak poles removes this hectare from the human domain and allows nature to have its own way here. The development of the wood is left to natural processes. Nature itself is the designer of this particular part of the landscape. It will keep on changing with the seasons and over the years. The fact that this piece of land where nature has free rein was nevertheless drained by human hands, gives it a double meaning. This ‘preserved’ bit of ‘wild’ nature would not have been here if there had been no human interventions: first by the polder engineers, and secondly by Ruud van den Bosch and the Stichting Bosland.
Ruud van den Bosch
Zalm in blik (Canned Salmon, since 2004)