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The Floating Forest Of Rotterdam, The Dreams Come True… It all started with a small model installation of floating miniature forest in a small aquarium. Jeroen Everaert, who is the owner of an art production company, Mothership, based in Rotterdam, Netherlands, saw this installation few years back and got impressed: “This is too beautiful to keep it this small size,” Everaert exclaimed. “We must make it bigger. There must be a real forest bobbing here on the harbour in Rotterdam.” The project inspiration: An art piece named “In Search Of Habitus,” by artist Jorge Bakker He wanted to make his dream a reality and to achieve that, he needed harbour space and the buoys. Both were donated by the city authority and the harbour authority respectively. The much needed tress were also donated by the local tree authorities. He gathered a team of artists, designers and tree experts to accomplish this task. The team spent three years in building a working prototype. Planting test trees in old buoys were part of prototype testing. The first species was a field maple and it could not withstand the rough movement and the waves. Finally, they zeroed on to Dutch elm which is hardy and good in withstanding salt water and waves. Initially, placing extra weight on the buoys in the form of soil was a problem as they were unable to stay afloat. The winning solution was the appropriate mixture of soil and ultralight lava rocks. It helped regulating moisture and temperature.Watering the plant was a problem as seawater doesn’t serve the purpose. They managed to slip in a 500 litre fresh water tank at the bottom of the buoy. However, this is needed to be replenished four times a year. The sea environment also posed problems. “We have a problem here with the rising of the water levels — a serious problem,” he informed. Rotterdam is protected by dikes. He seriously hopes that his installations will be a food for thought for the people regarding the city’s future and how city would look like without intervention. “The Bobbing Forest will be made mostly from pre-existing materials,” states the project webpage. “The trees will be donated by the Bomendepot. Each time a part of the city is renovated, trees have to be moved. In the past, these trees would have been destroyed; nowadays, however, the city’s Public Works Department stores them at the Bomendepot. Twenty old sea buoys from the North Sea will be provided by Rijkswaterstaa…”. Follow Nojoto News. Download Nojoto App to get real time updates about Nojoto News & be part of World's Largest Creative Community to share Writing, Poetry, Quotes, Art, Painting, Music, Singing, and Photography; A Creative expression platform. Nature By Nojoto News | Nojoto Nature on Nature, Floating Forest. Nature Nature, Floating Forest Nature

The Floating Forest Of Rotterdam, The Dreams Come True…

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The Floating Forest Of Rotterdam, The Dreams Come True…

It all started with a small model installation of floating miniature forest in a small aquarium. Jeroen Everaert, who is the owner of an art production company, Mothership, based in Rotterdam, Netherlands, saw this installation few years back and got impressed:
“This is too beautiful to keep it this small size,” Everaert exclaimed. “We must make it bigger. There must be a real forest bobbing here on the harbour in Rotterdam.”


The project inspiration: An art piece named “In Search Of Habitus,” by artist Jorge Bakker


He wanted to make his dream a reality and to achieve that, he needed harbour space and the buoys. Both were donated by the city authority and the harbour authority respectively. The much needed tress were also donated by the local tree authorities. He gathered a team of artists, designers and tree experts to accomplish this task. The team spent three years in building a working prototype. Planting test trees in old buoys were part of prototype testing.
The first species was a field maple and it could not withstand the rough movement and the waves. Finally, they zeroed on to Dutch elm which is hardy and good in withstanding salt water and waves.


Initially, placing extra weight on the buoys in the form of soil was a problem as they were unable to stay afloat. The winning solution was the appropriate mixture of soil and ultralight lava rocks. It helped regulating moisture and temperature.Watering the plant was a problem as seawater doesn’t serve the purpose. They managed to slip in a 500 litre fresh water tank at the bottom of the buoy. However, this is needed to be replenished four times a year.


The sea environment also posed problems. “We have a problem here with the rising of the water levels — a serious problem,” he informed. Rotterdam is protected by dikes. He seriously hopes that his installations will be a food for thought for the people regarding the city’s future and how city would look like without intervention.

“The Bobbing Forest will be made mostly from pre-existing materials,” states the project webpage. “The trees will be donated by the Bomendepot. Each time a part of the city is renovated, trees have to be moved. In the past, these trees would have been destroyed; nowadays, however, the city’s Public Works Department stores them at the Bomendepot. Twenty old sea buoys from the North Sea will be provided by Rijkswaterstaa…”

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