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UNE VUE DE RÊVE is situated on the border of the Gironde, in France. On this site the visitor can appreciate the environment and dream of life.
The work consists of a roof whose shape resembles a zeppelin resting on five elegant feet. The visitor will wonder where it comes from. Only when he approaches, he realizes that it is built from branches that have been harvested on site, painted in white. The branches are woven together like lace. The form is based on meeting places in African villages where people discuss life while watching the passers-by. The work is visible from afar and serves as a landmark. The visitor can sit under the transparent roof or lean against one of the legs of this strange shape, looking at the landscape and the water, simply contemplating.
Sentier des Arts 2019, Royan Atlantique, Le Pôle-Nature, Vitrezay.

 

This short film (00:57min.) shows the beautiful border of the Gironde and the changing colors during the day.

 
 

ECHO OF THE DESERT The rawness of nature is overwhelming here. All shrubs have spines, so that - if there are leaves - goats do not immediately eat everything. The gray dead branches that we find are tough and hard. Everything that wants to live here must make a huge effort. People's attempts to exist here are clearly in vain. Yet there is also a bird's nest, there are bees, we see beetles. In our eyes, the round basin makes an embracing gesture, it carries the dream of water, life and growth. When we draw, a comprehensive, nurturing form arises, leaning against the basin, as a counterbalance to the harsh environment. We decide to use only materials that we can find in the immediate vicinity of the basin. We weave a structure from the bottom of the basin with gray dead branches that embraces a part of the wall. The branches stick out in a natural way, as if a new bush has emerged. A bit above the edge of the basin we create a horizontal boat-like shape in the structure by weaving a double line of branches. On this we place an exuberant amount of coral-like white twigs, which grab up like claws. These coral-like twigs are the dead remains of a special plant that has ‘green fingers’ when alive. We experience the twigs as a subtle hint to the former seabed. At the top of the basin we lay one by one round and egg-shaped dark boulders that connect the basin and the structure of branches like a chain. The installation blends into the landscape, because it is built in the same colors and materials. As you approach from the hill it will only become visible when you get closer. Looking from the top of the hill nothing seems to have happened.

 
 

With soundartist Quentin Green we created a soundscape in our installation.
You can hear it in the video of two minutes about the work in Tankwa. So turn on the sound!

 
 

LA GRANDE DAME The powerful, transparent and sparkling character of Champagne and the entrepreneurial spirit of Madame Clicquot are the inspiration of the work La Grande Dame. Veuve Clicquot (1777 –1866), known as ‘La Grande Dame de Champagne’, was a famous French businesswoman. Under her skillful ownership, and thanks to her skills with wine, the company developed a champagne using a new technique. The brand and company ‘Veuve Clicquot’ still bears her name.
Vign’Art 2019 (Festival d’art dans le vignoble Champenois) in Cuis, France.

 
 
 
 
 

TAKE A MOMENT is an ode to the stream in Entraigues. The work appears as a romantic piece of lace or a canopy suspended above the stream. Karola Pezarro and Aris de Bakker created the installation for HORIZONS ARTS-NATURE EN SANCY using branches of hazel gathered near the site. In this land art process, the two Dutch artists wove the elements together on the spot. Here, the artistic creation is perceived through and within the medium of nature. The site of the installation thus becomes the subject and compels environment-friendliness. Take a moment thereby endeavours to express the spirit of the place, prompting ramblers to reflect.

 
 
 
 

INTERSECTION consists of four covered passages which come together in a chapellike form right on the crossing of two paths. The installation is made of living willow branches and will grow and change over the years. The hiker will enter the work in order to continue his promenade. Art trails in The Great Outdoors, in Condrez-Famenne, Belgium 2017.

 
 
 
 

INTERSEZIONE DELLA VITA for LandArtProject Snijpunt 2016 in Ameland, an isle of the Netherlands.
On top of the dunes Akunzo created with branches a lacelike chapel with a view. While watching the stunning surroundings one hears the tinkling sound of shells.

 
 
 

CREATURE OF THE WOODS LOOKING WHERE TO GO a work by Akunzo for L'Art est dans les Bois 2016 in Pleslin-Trigavou, France.
The mirrors on the back of the creature - that is standing on a crossing - are reflecting the light, the trees, the sky and passers-by.

 
 
 
 

OU SE TROUVE LE PETIT CHAPERON ROUGE? Akunzo has made the work Where is Little Red Riding Hood? on site. They "wove" a cocoon of more than three meters in length from hazel branches. The wall of the cocoon is slightly transparent.
The visitor sees a silhouette of a creature lurking inside. At the opening of the cocoon a bundle of red wires flows outward.
The bundle of red wires leads to an animal inside with yellow reflector eyes looking out (the wolf?).
The title of the work is formulated as a question. Almost everyone knows the tale of Little Red Riding Hood. But do we truly understand the significance of the story? What meanings are concealed? Are the red wires referring to the clothing of Little Red Riding Hood or to blood?
Is the wolf cruel or are we, humans, acting cruelly with wolves and with nature? Was ‘Little Red Riding Hood’ eaten by the wolf? Is the wolf trapped?
The work ‘Where is Little Red Riding Hood?’ surely excites the imagination of the viewers.
On June 14, 2015 the prize for the best Land Art work of the festival Des Artistes En Campagne in the French village Savins
was awarded to the Dutch artist duo AKUNZO.

 
 
 
 
 

ODE TO THE DRAFT HORSE Akunzo (Pezarro & de Bakker) built the work during the festival La Fete de Mai, Gesves, Belgium.
The village Gesves is famous for its horses, particularly the draft horse. The villagers used these horses to remove enormous tree trunks.
Ode to the draft horse consists of stacked logs of larch in two rows of two meters high. Together they form a narrow corridor,
which is more open and circular in the center.
In this circular space (where one can smell the recently cut lumber) they placed at the ends of the logs soft horse’s tails
made of colorful threads of jute and sisal.
The artwork is built along a narrow path that is covered with a canopy of trees and shrubs and runs between wheat and rapeseed fields.
Every hiker walking on the trail must pass through this sculpture.

 
 
 
 

AT HOME An installation by Akunzo for Open Sites | Art Terre 2014, Ploegsteert, Belgium.
Everywhere and in all circumstances, man is trying to create his own place.
The installation At Home is inspired by a photograph of men playing cards on a table in a trench
during the first world war. A strange domestic scene.
The spiral-shaped structure in the form of a snail shell is made of bricks and clay.
The building is two meters high. The exterior is rough and hermetic.
Inside, one discovers a scene of everyday life, a place for human life.
On the wall are pictures and a painting. Against the wall one can see a table and a chair.
On the table a dish, a spoon, a pair of glasses and an open book are ranked.
All of these prior known articles are covered with a thin layer of beeswax.
The wall is covered with a clay layer. In the clay seed pods of poppies are pressed.