PIT Portal by Karin van Dam

From 10 April 2021 in Amstelpark


Since this spring a black, spiky object can be found in the Amstelpark between the Glazen Huis and the Red Bridge. This work, titled PIT Portaal, by the artist Karin van Dam pays tribute to seeds. In a different guise, PIT was previously seen during Zomersneeuw, the 11th edition of Beelden op de Berg in Wageningen. During working visits to Belmonte Arboretum in Wageningen, Karin van Dam found seeds everywhere in 20218. In the withered blossoms of the hydrangea, thorny fruits of the chestnut and dried out rose hips, she sees the recurring life cycle of nature. Van Dam is fascinated by the fact that a shriveled seed shell carries new life within it, and she can continue to be amazed at the robust power of growth processes.


It is an inexhaustible growth that transcends our human time span. In her idea there is an entire universe in the smallest seed. In PIT Portal she recycles insulation material to build a space that makes tangible that we – people – are part of this. You can literally enter the work, feel enveloped by the soft thorniness and from this ‘shelter’ in which the light falls through the tubes and the open dome, see the world in a new way.


Thanks to: Jacosol NL

PIT Portal was installed in collaboration with Zone2Source, an international platform for Art, Nature & Technology in the Amstelpark, Amsterdam. In the coming years Zone2Source wants to develop the Amstelpark into a park for art and ecology and a testing ground for the Chtulucene, in which we practice the intertwining of man and nature. Other works that allow visitors to experience the Amstelpark differently are Floriade Whisperings by Krijn Christiaansen en Kathelijne Montens, Plantsoen Sociologie by de Onkruidenier, Buzzbench by AnneMarie van Splunter, Odoshi Cloud Sequence by Ronald van der Meijs, and the soundwalks Secret Garden by Justin Bennett and Audio Dérives by Esther Hoovers.

View all locations of the outside art works on the Amstelpark art map


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