Observatorium—an artist group founded in 1997 by Geert van de Camp, Andre Dekker, and Ruud Reutelingsperger in Rotterdam – The Netherlands —creates sculptures to give new meaning and use to environments in transit. Wastelands, urban wildernesses, and suburban areas are where artists and audiences introduce new uses of the public realm, using sculpture, architecture and participatory place making. Highlights are Observatoriums’ Nieuw Terbregge, an enclosed garden with a view of the highway in Rotterdam; Growing Street, a do-it-yourself-street for a juveniles prison in Vught; Entrance Pavilion Zollverein in Essen, a private domain for public services; Pausa, an exterior museum gallery for the Architecture Biennale Venice; and Waiting for the River, a covered bridge for spending the night on the site of a future river park, which was part part of EMSCHERKUNST.2010, the main exhibition of Ruhr Cultural Capital Europe.
Observatorium’s book Big Pieces of Time (010 Publishers 2010) will serve
as an inspiration and guideline for the workshop.
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