Monumental artwork: Zandwacht

In May 2015 an iconic artwork rose up on the dunes: the Zandwacht. Covering an area of 20 by 40 metres and rising to a height of 12 metres, it is an impressive structure. It marks the completion of the construction of Maasvlakte 2, a large land reclamation project in the North Sea adjacent to the port of Rotterdam.


Developed by Observatorium, an international artists’ collective based in Rotterdam, Zandwacht shows how dunes are formed by sand being blown into the air by strong winds and then settling again when the wind drops, thus forming a small hill.

Photos: Hans Eberls

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