testing ground for art & ecology
31 May 2015 – 23 August 2015
Research program

Floriade trash and treasures 1972 – 2022

The landscape residues

Krijn Christiaansen and Cathelijne Montens

Krijn Christiaansen & Cathelijne Montens
‘Floriade trash and treasures 1972-2022’
Orangerie, May 31 – August 23 2015

sensing nature

Designer duo Krijn Christiaansen en Cathelijne Montens (KCCM) explores the ways public spaces and landscapes are made by, used by, lived in, transformed and shaped by people. As part of the summer program of Zone2Source, KCCM researched the history of the Amstelpark, that was established for a horticulture exhibition, the Floriade, in 1972.

Many residues of this Floriade are, although sometimes neglected, still visible in the park. Should we simply leave them aside or can they be a point of departure for developing new scenarios?
Archival research and fieldwork led to tentative strategies to provide this heritage with a new context and thus create a renewed experience for the visitors of the park. To test these strategies, Temporary spatial interventions were created. The Orangerie serving as a direction room presents the field work and archival research which underlies these interventions.  In the Floriade trash and treasures research pages you will find the results of the five interventions.

Intern: Eva Verberne
Graphic design: Inedition, Eva van der Schans
Photography: Joel Nieminen
Financially supported by: Amsterdam Fonds voor de Kunst, LAPS, Gerrit Rietveld Academie, Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds Noord-Holland, Stichting Stokroos, Beam Systems
Project partners: Noord-Hollands Archief, Nationaal Archief, KAVB, VU Hortus, Kwekerij Groot-Vriend Lutjebroek, Kwekerij Aad Hogervorst Noordwijkerhout, De Jong Lelies Andijk, Lily Company Andijk, Doggy Marathon, Gemeente Amsterdam Stadsdeel Zuid