22 Natural History Museum Rotterdam

Z-Files # 2: Steen in Water book presentation

Presentation of the publication Steen in Water - an unknown earthenware for the 1e Maasvlakte

On Thursday 19 June will be during Z-Files, Art and the City the publication Stone in water presented. This presentation is part of IABR – 2014 – URBAN BY NATURE and takes place at one of the locations of the 6eIABR, the Natural History Museum Rotterdam in the Museumpark.

The publication Stone in water talks about the creation of a hidden land art artwork on the 1e Maasvlakte in the '70 years.

Once it was the largest land art work in the Netherlands, created between 1975 and 1979 with the huge budget of 650.000 guilders for that time. The impressive work of visual artists Teun Jacob and Kees Verschuren has remained virtually unknown due to its fence and seclusion.

Jacob and Verschuren worked for five years on this earthenware that, as a mixture of industry, city and country, occupies a unique position within the land art. They combined industrial materials with a planting structure that had to withstand the North Sea storms.

The publication Steen in Water tells about the creation of this work of art, about the participation, the many opinions, the protests, and the contributions of other Dutch artists. Historical photos and building drawings show the work and show how intimate spaces were combined with panoramic views.

On the occasion of the publication of the publication, a special edition of the Z-Files will take place on 19 June. Siebe Thissen (head BKOR of the CBK Rotterdam), Sandra Smets (art historian and writer) and Kees Verschuren (visual artist) will speak. The speakers will elaborate on land art in general and this exceptional work on the 1e Maasvlakte in particular.


Steen in Water - an unknown earthenware for the 1e Maasvlakte
Authors: Sandra Smets (essays) and Han Lörzing (preface)
Visual essay: Kees Verschuren and Arthur Meyer
ISBN: 978-90-819835-1-8
Publisher: ICU art projects
Price: € 15

The publication was made possible thanks to financial support from the municipality of Rotterdam, the Jacob-Chavannes heirs and the Rotterdam Center for Visual Arts.

Z-Files, Art and the City

Z-Files is a series of programs from Sculpture International Rotterdam and BKOR (both part of the Center for Visual Arts Rotterdam) in which art, public space and the city are discussed through lectures, presentations and excursions. The aim of the program is to bring attention to the special collection of artworks in the public space of Rotterdam and to highlight current developments in the city.