‘Desplegar el plan natural en toda su amplitud’ (‘To Deploy the Natural Plan in All its Amplitude’), @saidokins & @leodluna. Heliographies of memory series, 2017. Radio Kootwijk, Netherlands.
—————————— Not long ago we had the chance to visit Netherlands, thanks to the invitation of Amsterdam Urban Art Museum / @streetarttoday , @heerlenmurals and @motelspatie in Arnhem. Traveling between
we got to know a little part of
culture and to discover places with a strong historic and symbolic value. The project was titled ‘Inscription and Erasure’ and was focused to obsolescence spaces, where history is rewritten in different levels, sometimes hiding the trace of time, some other times, evoking the old days nostalgia.
One of the most stunning experiences was visiting Radio Kootwijk, a small village with around 120 inhabitants, in Apeldoorn municipality. Intentionally isolated in the middle of the woods of Veluwe region, A Building was constructed in 1917, designed by the architect Julius Maria Luthmann. It had the important role of housing a communicational complex where trans-Atlantic connections were established between the Netherlands and the Dutch East Indies (today Indonesia) during the Second World War.
The obsolescence of Radio Kootwijk was due to the development of new technologies, radio transmissions were changed by satellite communication. Even though the radio transmitters where destroyed, Building A stands as a monument to this history, presenting the reinforced concrete and all the characteristics of Art Decó.
In order to do this piece, we went through many adventures. We parked in a forbidden spot, then we walked 20 minutes on a rocky track, where wild boars where ready to attack us, finally, in the middle of nowhere, there was the tower. It was slightly raining, and while we were shooting, police arrived and kicked us out of the place, we didn’t know it was forbidden to be there at night and take photos. We were able to do just two shots, but it was one of the sessions we enjoyed the most. ————. Thanks so much to @naamlooozz, @heimprofiburger , @nnamari, for all your support and friendship