VALERIE VAN LEERSUM

artist based in Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

PLACES IN DRIFT #3

This exhibition is a continuation of two previous projects about the transition of industrial and harbor areas and the value of urban spaces that are left undersigned.

This time the project was about the Stenen Hoofd, one of the last undeveloped places in the center of Amsterdam. It was built in 1902 as a jetty for ships. After the demolition of the huge shed and associated buildings in the 1970s, the Stone Head became a pleasantly unfilled place. The unique plant growth, with three types of rare ferns, has contributed to the fact that the Stone Head has never been cultivated.

At the beginning of December, the project started with an excursion on and around the Stenen Hoofd for which interested parties could register. City botanist Claud Biemans and local resident Aly Cnossen talked about the history of this place and the vegetation. Participants were asked to collect discarded and lost items.

These found objects were the ingredients for a range of corsage and cups; trophies for the edges 2. In 6 shop windows of the adjacent Zeeheldenbuurt, the silhouettes of the Stone heads were 'dressed up' step by step with these trophies, texts about frayed edges and photos of the ferns. They remind the local residents of the link that this district has in the historic port area of Amsterdam.

Exposed:
Veemhouse Amsterdam
Kunsttraject Amsterdam

Links:
https://www.veem.house/EN/places-at-drift-3/ https://www.kunsttrajectamsterdam.nl/