Daniel Libeskind - Polderland Garden of Love and Fire (1992 - 1997)
This week Greta Verduin talks about the landscape artwork by Daniel Libeskind, Polderland Garden of Love and Fire.
“Not only does this artwork appeal to me, but that also goes for the artist”, says Greta. "I met Libeskind when this artwork was put up and it radiates what I feel when I see his work: the world, his vision and his personal history are all integrated into it. Precisely that what Libeskind omits in his artworks says a lot. It leaves room for your feelings, and I think that is a very strong point. Great tragedies such as the Holocaust and the attacks on the Twin Towers are something that you can hardly express, but through the emptiness in his artworks you can feel it.
Three water canals within the artwork create an imaginary connection between three European cities that are important for the artist: Almere (the location for this land artwork), Salamanca (the birth city of his source of inspiration, the Spanish Mystic Juan de la Cruz) and Berlin (the current city of residence for Libeskind).
“For a while there was talk that Libeskind would build the new theatre in Almere. In his design the building was topped off by a playful swirl, which would fit beautifully in Almere with its stark forms. I still find it sad that his design wasn't chosen", says Greta Verduin.
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