Lost point of view
A lost point of view, 2011
A mediation of a local history through a walk and a conceptual meal.
During a walk through the dunes I searched for the location where once
an idealistic peace capitol was planned, this example of utopian urban planning
was never realized and ironically I had to trespass military terrain for this action.
Here I gathered pine needles, an important ingredient for the preparation of the meal.
The pine needles where used to make an Eclade de Moules, a way of preparing mussels
by piling them in a circle and covering them with dry pine needles that are beeing lit.
The short but intense fire cooks the mussels and leaves a delicate smokey flavour.
In 1905, K.P.C. De Bazel (1869-1923) designed a scheme for a World Capital City to be built
in the vicinity of The Hague. At the peace conference in The Hague in 1899, delegates decided
to establish the International Court of Arbitration in such a new city.
Its seat was to be in a Peace Palace, for which De Bazel had reserved an important place in his design.
The scheme also included three large international academies, which were to be established
by prominent scholars and scientists from every country in the world.
A square or park measuring 140,000 square meters in area and dedicated to the "Fraternity of Mankind"
was to form the core of an octagonal city, in which eight main roads would meet.
The main layout was based on an unequal-armed cross - the "symbol of peace won in struggle,"
according to De Bazel - with a central square as its intersection. The idea of a World Capital
was to achieve order amid the chaos of many separate Internationalist movements all over the world,
which so far only "glimmered like feeble lights on the continents of the earth"
and would henceforth radiate from one great center of light.
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