A MODERN BAVELAAR
Jan Joost Peskens
Other Landscape Architect
Cornelis Bavelaar (Leiden 1777-1859) made 'small boxes with representations of ships, landscapes and domestic events carved from wood or bone. These boxes were called ‘bavelaartjes'. Bavelaars have been in my family since 1841.
The principles for a Vedute (a box of 7x32x44 cm) were to me a obvious reason to make a Bavelaar But it had to be a Contemporary Bavelaar. It has become a house containing barely visible objects. The house refers rather to a concealing burka than to the all revealing facebook. Inside are trapped some images of things that gave my life color as there are the Roman Catholic Church, rail, boating, nature and Africa. They are like the sceneries of Bavelaar, carved from pear wood and in perspective so that they fit into the shallow space. Visible is only what normally is out of sight: a man who urinates against the back and that what is below groundlevel.
Vedute (1991) was founded with the purpose to build up a collection of 3D-manuscripts: a library of three dimensional objects as visualized thoughts that make the concept of space accessible and tangible. 44 x 32 x 7 cm