Poetry Garden

Zwembad De Hoorn Alphen aan den Rijn 1998

High waves of grass are spread out around a swimming pool. In the grass are boulders with digital displays. On the displays texts appear and disappear. A poetic phrase, a yearning or a graffiti-ish tag flash by as if from nowhere, like the beam from a lighthouse: ‘ahoy – ahoy’, ‘the further we looked, the larger it seemed’. And just like in the open sea, the images disappear as abruptly as they appeared. Because of their size and measurements, the waves encourage people to settle down in them.

Dim. 11 x 19 x 0,85 m
Soil, grass, granite, LED displays


Commissioner: Bert van der Lingen, Nederlandse ambassadeur in Litouwen, Ministerie van Buitenlandse Zaken, Den Haag
Production: Yens & Yens en CM3 custom-made
Construction: Bussel Engineering
Photography: Andries de Marez Oyens