The Ekokathedraal is visited by locals and tourists as the site continues to evolve, as Le Roy intended, on its 1000 year journey of co-evolution.
Louis Le Roy (1924—2012) was a maverick landscape architect who embarked upon a remarkable project in 1983, the Ekokathedraal near Mildam in the Netherlands. Conceived as a construction with a 1000-year timespan, Le Roy bought a farm field, requested that the local municipality deliver him inert building waste (bricks, concrete) from which he created hand-made structures without the use of mortar. Planting trees on the site, he saw that these structures, the flora and fauna would interact, co-develop and co-evolve. His poetic gestures continue to transform us and the interdependent relations in the Ekokathedraal.
Class of Material
Residence time (How long does the matter/material/artefact stay in an unaltered state in the location/context/system before it decay?)
How does the item affect the environment in which it exists?
How would you like to be with this artefact/material/living thing/matter?
Exploring it, sitting on it, watching the wildlife in and on it.
What can humans give back to this artefact/material/living thing/matter?
Pay attention to interactions within an assemblage of living and non-living components; thinking for the long-term; slow down our production and consumption systems.