Palm Tree
Installation (2011)

The installation Palm Tree is 8 m. high, made of driftwood washed ashore. On top of the tree, where coconuts or dates normally grow, LED-lighting is fed by solar cells. 

Exhibition: Transit, CBK-Zuidoost, Amsterdam
Location: CBKunstplein Amsterdam Zuidoost
Opening: September 10, 2011. The opening talk is held by art critic Sacha Bronwasser at 3 PM
Exhibition period: September 10, 2011 until half of February 2012
Curated by: Renske de Jong and Annet Zondervan
Construction: Su Tomesen, Teguh Hartanto and Hans Josso
Thanks: Mega Alu Systems, Piet Scheenstra, Stichting Bouwloods / Klus OK, Brandweer Amsterdam-Amstelland, Maarten van Baggum, Carin van Dongen, Marcel van der Drift, Daphne de Sonneville, Fana Richters

Commissioned by CBK-Zuidoost I designed a work that is temporarily exhibited on the square in front of CBK.
I chose to create a huge palm tree, my favorite tree: "The palm tree is the epitome of my curiousity, fernweh and exotism, the tree stands for different, warm, and especially: far away".
The inhabitants of Amsterdam Zuidoost come from over 135 countries in the world. The majority knows palm trees from experience or from stories of parents or grandparents.

Next to the installation Palm Tree on the square, I'll present a video in which a multitude of people from Amsterdam Zuidoost reveal of their personal association with palm trees. The video is exhibited in the exhibition space of CBK.

Thursday October 27 a late afternoon program 'Kunstcafé' will contain the screening of the video and a conversation between the director of CBK-Zuidoost, Annet Zondervan, and me. The program starts at 5 PM.

Watch the one minute video about the installation made by the artist Maartje Jaquet.