During the building of the Flevoland polder, the engineers and planners decided to mark the occasion through the realisation of a number of large-scale art works, situated on several locations. They opted for an art form that spoke to their imagination: Land Art. An art form popular in the United States in the seventies and introduced in the Netherlands through exhibitions such as Op Losse Schroeven (1969) in the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam and Sonsbeek Buiten de Perken (1971) in Arnhem.
The result is a collection of nine Land Art works by world-famous artists such as Robert Morris, Richard Serra and Daniel Libeskind. It makes for a situation that is unique in the world: nine Land Art works that can be visited in one day. You can discover these hidden gems by yourself (by car) or take an organised bus tour and simultaneously experience the amazing history of the creation of the Flevoland polder!
Want to see more? Watch the Kunstland series by AVRO (2009) about the history of Land Art in Flevoland
Jord den Hollander created a series of episodes for the regional broadcasting network Omroep Flevoland about the unique collection of Land Art in Flevoland. Watch episodes about (Dutch only):
The Observatory Robert Morris
Earth Sea by Piet Slegers
Sea Level by Richard Serra
The Green Cathedral Marinus Boezem
Polderland Garden of Love and Fire by Daniel Libeskind
Exposure by Antony Gormley
Flevoland seen as one large land art project
A pumping station as basis for land art
Or watch the drone images of the land art projects on Vimeo, made by Jan Frans de Hartog: