Drie Streken is located at the centre of ‘Zeven Stricken’ (seven illuminated points of the compass), on the island of Terschelling, and was built as part of this year’s 10-day Oerol Festival. It can be approached via a long boardwalk that leads to a main circular pavilion that serves as a meeting location illuminated by the solar system’s central star. Its shape, formed by vertical wooden poles, opens and closes according to the tides to reveal the changing environment.
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The structure’s almost imperceptible movement directs the visitor’s gaze. A few mirrors, or Heliostats, were located within up to 2 km of the structure, warming up and illuminating the meeting location.
The artist said the observatory is designed to”travel along the wadden over the next four years. At each location, a connection will be sought between the sand flats, the sun, and the horizon with the illuminated points of the compass and the tide.”
+ Marc van Vliet
Photos by Marc van Vliet