Marinus Boezem: The Green Cathedral (1996)

Squarely set within Flevoland’s geometric polder, is a ‘gothic’ cathedral. No sky-high stone vaults, metre high stained glass windows with divine scenes or echoing corridors, but a cathedral formed by a group of Italian poplars. Artist Marinus Boezem developed the idea for this Gothic Growing Project in 1978. In 1987, upon the invitation of the engineers of the Rijksdienst IJssel- meerpolders (RIJP), he planted 178 poplars (Populus Nigra Italica) according to the ground plan of the Notre-Dame of Reims. Between the trees, concrete paths have been laid out, reminiscent of the ribs of the cross vaults. The circles of shells around the trees refer to the sea that covered this entire area only half a century ago. Much like the Gothic cathedral, Boezem sees the creation of the Flevoland polder on the bottom of the former Zuider- zee as the pinnacle of human achievement. Photo's: Jordi Huisman

Marinus Boezem: The Green Cathedral (1996)

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