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arpia landscape art


name: arpia landscape art
type: countryside
address: kauwstraat 3, herzele, belgium
gps location: 50.8623, 3.89362
dimensions: 100.00x150.00 meter
start date: 2010-07-03
more information: http://arpia-art.be

General description

Arpia is an art project with a far-reaching commitment towards the landscape and its value(s). The works of art nestle in the open space. The permanently accessible and evolving route with fine arts and sound art will be enriched year after year with new works of art. Arpia challenges the artists to get to work with the natural and cultural landscape, in a creative, critical as well as respectful way, paying attention to the identity of the area. The epicenter of the art-with-landscape project is an old brick kiln on the borders of a valuable scenic area, south of the East-Flemish village Herzele.

The old brick kiln (a deserted ring oven) is owned by the Hove family, who have a similar brick kiln still at work in close-by Ninove. The oven in Ninove is one of the three brick kilns left in Flanders that work according to traditional methods. The oven in Sint-Lievens-Esse was taken out of use in the 1980’s. However, the building is exceptionally well-preserved and is, together with the surrounding land, leased by Arpia vzw. The old brick kiln symbolizes the age-old relationship between man and landscape as bricks were produced there with clay from the near surroundings.

Ecological description

As from 2011, the project moves to the wider surroundings of the brick kiln. Because a respectful integration of the works of art in the surroundings is so important, Arpia vzw collaborates closely with Hogeschool Gent and Universiteit Gent to make an inventory of the landscape. Art in and with the landscape is attentively analysed from different disciplines. Students in landscape development, landscape architecture as well as art students in landscape are involved in the analyses. The results and conclusions of the investigation will be revealed on Arpia 2011.
The old brick kiln is situated on the borders of the nature reserve  ‘Het Duivenbos’ (‘The Dove Forest’) and borders a valuable scenic area. The meadow behind and around the ring oven shows obvious signs of clay exploitation. Until the 1980’s, the clay was processed to bricks on the spot. The sporadic exploitation that still happens today, is processed in Ninove (Outer).
 The zone where Arpia takes place is situated on the border between Sint-Lievens-Esse and Sint-Antelinks (Herzele). Herzele has been a member of the Regional Landscape Flemish Ardennes since 2006, which gives an indication of the scenic characteristics: open space, slanting land topography, amfitheaters and many small landscape elements like rows of pollard willows, hedges and hollow roads.

Sociological description

Not only the artist, but also the visitor, the farmer, the researcher, the ecologist, the historian and all other people who have a relationship with the landscape and its surroundings are involved in the project. Arpia vzw takes its departure from the idea that the landscape consists of different layers. Art in or with the landscape is a way or means to look at the landscape. It enables us – if we are willing to- to see the different layers and values. Thanks to or because of the freedom of the artist who gets to work with the surroundings, the landscape is automatically presented in a multiple way.