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A Floating Forest To Be Installed In Rotterdam
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A Floating Forest To Be Installed In Rotterdam

On March 16, 2016, a floating forest of 20 trees will be launched in Rotterdam, Holland. Inspired by an art piece named “In Search Of Habitus,” by artist Jorge Bakker, local art collective Mothership is behind this more ambitious project. After conducting a successful trial in 2014, the group felt it was ready to move forward.

“The Bobbing Forest will be made mostly from pre-existing materials,” states the project webpage. “The trees will be donated by the Bomendepot. Each time a part of the city is renovated, trees have to be moved. In the past, these trees would have been destroyed; nowadays, however, the city’s Public Works Department stores them at the Bomendepot. Twenty old sea buoys from the North Sea will be provided by Rijkswaterstaa…”

More info: dobberendbos.nl | enterthemothership.com (h/t: contemporist)

20 floating trees are going to be launched in Rotterdam this year

Image credits: urbancontest.com

The project was inspired by an art piece named “In Search Of Habitus,” by artist Jorge Bakker

Image credits: Jorge Bakker

A trial in 2014 was successful

Image credits: urbancontest.com

“The Bobbing Forest will be made mostly from pre-existing materials”

Image credits: urbancontest.com

“Each time a part of the city is renovated, trees have to be moved. In the past, these trees would have been destroyed”

Image credits: urbancontest.com

These trees are donated from the storage depot where they are now stored

Image credits: Dobberend Bos

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FurnishMyWay_Blog
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6 years ago

What a sight it would be to be walking around and seeing a bunch of floating trees! Thanks for sharing this cool thing that's about to happen.

Johnrolce
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6 years ago

What will happen when trees grow and will not be symetrical anymore. All will tilt and trees will have to be discarded. What a waste. Artists are not practical people.

SilentBob
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6 years ago

Engineers are smarter than you. These are anchored to the bottom from the bottom of the flotation device. Buoyancy will pull the chain taught and will force them upright. If it gets too out of balance trees can always be cropped. And obviously they will keep the trees in shape so they won't get too out of hand...

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BobbiNewell
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6 years ago

Such a cool idea, I'd visit Rotterdam just to see it. Two questions come to mind: Will the buoys be tethered together in some fashion, or will they drift freely, such that there might be a lone floating tree? Also, how will the trees get water and nutrients? Assuming the trees will be floating in fresh water, I imagine some sort hydroponic modifications would be made to the buoys, but don't know enough about that kind of system.

K
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6 years ago

Loving all your questions. You out great thought into this.

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FurnishMyWay_Blog
Community Member
6 years ago

What a sight it would be to be walking around and seeing a bunch of floating trees! Thanks for sharing this cool thing that's about to happen.

Johnrolce
Community Member
6 years ago

What will happen when trees grow and will not be symetrical anymore. All will tilt and trees will have to be discarded. What a waste. Artists are not practical people.

SilentBob
Community Member
6 years ago

Engineers are smarter than you. These are anchored to the bottom from the bottom of the flotation device. Buoyancy will pull the chain taught and will force them upright. If it gets too out of balance trees can always be cropped. And obviously they will keep the trees in shape so they won't get too out of hand...

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BobbiNewell
Community Member
6 years ago

Such a cool idea, I'd visit Rotterdam just to see it. Two questions come to mind: Will the buoys be tethered together in some fashion, or will they drift freely, such that there might be a lone floating tree? Also, how will the trees get water and nutrients? Assuming the trees will be floating in fresh water, I imagine some sort hydroponic modifications would be made to the buoys, but don't know enough about that kind of system.

K
Community Member
6 years ago

Loving all your questions. You out great thought into this.

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