Libeskind’s garden installation at the Het Loo royal palace

Although the main building of Paleis Het Loo in Apeldoorn, The Netherlands, is closed for renovation and reconstruction until the middle of 2021, there will be the opportunity to admire its historic and admirable gardens accompanied by an exceptional installation. From the 2nd April 2019 until mid 2021, four monumental contemporary art works designed by the polish-american architect Daniel Libeskind will create ‘The Garden of Earthly Worries’. It’s the first time that contemporary art will be on show in the garden of Paleis Het Loo and Libeskind is renowned throughout the world for his spectacular architecture and urban designs.

‘The Garden of Earthly Worries’ is a presentation of four abstract sculptures which explore the imbalance of humankind in nature. Each of the approximately three-meter-tall fragments of a globe, represent different chemical compounds that contribute to our changing climate. Conceived as a sculptural and conceptual counterpoint to the ordered beauty of the palace garden; the gardens of the 17th century represent a perceived paradise, man’s perfection of nature. But, due to technology and human intervention, our current planet is rapidly changing. Daniel Libeskind: “We can no longer distinguish if nature is culture, or culture is nature”. Studio Libeskind in New York is an international architectural practice known for the design of museums and other cultural and public buildings throughout the world, including the Jewish Museum Berlin and the master plan for the reconstruction of the World Trade Center in New York. Daniel Libeskind is also designer of the Dutch Holocaust Memorial of Names in Amsterdam, which is in design. He has held a large number of chairs and has received many prizes for his work. The presentation ‘The Garden of Earthly Worries’ is part of Paleis Het Loo, Open but not as usual and will be on show in the garden for several years. The sculptures will be produced by Volumina in Turin, Italy. This project is supported by the BankGiro Loterij, BPD Cultuurfonds and Mondriaan Fund.


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