Experimental visual artwork from LAND-SHAPE Festival, Hanstholm 2015.
Photo: Morten Barker
Helene Koch is a Danish artist and a landscape architect. Her artwork is based on a deep knowledge and experience with landscape architecture and urban planning. Methodically, she is working with site-specific projects that are laying their foundation in her major interest for the hidden potentials of a place.
Through the “Manmade” project, she is trying to explore the boundaries between architecture, art and landscape by distributing three hundred blocks in a given plain field. The blocks are produced and based on the region´s own chalk.
Chalk and limestone are not only some elements of the Jutland´s soil but they constitute the root of a culture where for centuries these components have been a part of the building traditions and industrial history. Throughout history, essential materials came out of chalk, concrete being one of them.
The project establishes cooperation between chalk yards and cement foundries from the region, ensuring that the project is anchoring geologically and regionally. The regional resources of the underground will become the part of a magnificent landscape visualization, connecting the materials together with spatial experience and composition.
The artwork is going to be the largest land art piece in Denmark. It operates at a scale similar to the pioneering huge land art works in the US where the art form emerged in the 60s. Therefore, it addresses the classical notion of American land art and the minimalist expression that is very familiar to Danish architecture.
At the festival in Hanstholm, Helene Koch installed a visual representation of her project that surprised the audience and invited them to engage in a dialogue with the artist about her work and its meanings. Here you could have experience the scale of the huge white blocks placed around the Light House garden and imagine what a landscape filled with 300 blocks would be like.
“Manmade” will catch the eye and the mind in an unexpected way, transforming the whole scenery in a thoughtful mysterious place. The scale of the work will open different proportions and angles of experience: from the passing traffic - as an unexpected landscape, from far away - as a sculptural landscape and from the air, plane or even satellite - as a seemingly infinite space.