Transforming Practice, Assemblage of Things, Common, Private Space, Ceramics, Glasses, Centuries
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.