KAPKAR / TO-RXD
De Dommel, Sint Oedenrode (NL)
The need of experiment
We have been waiting for the year 2020 in case of this project: KAPKAR/ TO-RXD, the landscape observatory. This year we look back, eleven years later, to make the first conclusion of the shuttering skin experiment.
In 2008 starting this project, Studio Frank Havermans has made a lot of experiments for the shuttering with materials from nature to make a natural observatory in concrete. The samples are still vital and beautiful, we will show the results. Willow, bark, branches, big leaves, small leaves, and more. The bark was the best option for the landscape observatory, a fine and soft concrete skin for that location.
Built to regain the patin of nature, made as a skin experiment in concrete, a place for nature to attach to, sunken in earth to observe small animals and a reverse observatory in relation to the intimacy of that location and the type of landscape: downward instead of upward: lower than the human view. Origined through experiment, made by hand, it took 4 months, the result was briljant.
Now we needed time, eleven years is… eleven years. From 2009 the bark would fall off through weather conditions and moss would take over. We are working on that now and went with our nephews Tibbe and Sill who immediately took over the place, having fun.
In the mean time it became an inspiration for others who used the technique of the experiment for their projects and got succes with it.
It is 2020, harvest time for the idea that started in 2008 and the result is great, nature has taken over the skin.