Through the reflection of water
In the morning of 1 February 1953 Between 4:00 and 6:00 AM the water rose up to extreem hights. A lot of people were sound asleep by then because they thought the storm wouldn’t be that bad. Een old folklore said that ‘’if the ebb wouldn’t come the flood would be mild’’.
But unfortunately because of a storm surge combined with a spring tide this wasn’t the case.
Hours before people were warned that a storm would come cobined with high water. A lot of people did not understand that message or didn’t take it seriously.
The problem with the North seaflood was that people didn’t hear the message of didn’t realise how serious the rising of the water was. Because of this they were ambushed by the water. This is something that is happening right now as well, maybe slower then during that night. But de message of the sea level rising still isn’t always heard or taken seriously.
In my work you walk up a hill, while watching the story of the North sea Flood on see-through plates. This makes you see history literally in the present day. The further you climb up the hill the higher the water in the images rises.
With this work I want to tell people a story about the past so that they can use it to reflect on the present. In this case it’s this story about the north sea flood (De watersnoodramp) This project is a colaboration between me and BKKC, Erfgoed Brabant, Staatsbosbeheer and Fort Sabina. Fort Sabina is located in an area that was also heavily struck by the North Sea Flood. One in ten people lost their lives.
You can see this work from the 16 of june until October of 2018 at Fort Sabina Heijningen