a former fly ash dump
from the Langerbrugge
in progress 2021
Position 3 - View of a former fly ash dump from the Langerbrugge Power Station is part of the proposal entitled 'Mission Dhuicque' and was developed during my Konnektor residency in the summer of 2020. This proposal consists of three interconnected positions that service the area around the Langerbrugge Power Station.
Trees play an important role in this area on the border between working and living. Trees are positive they provide oxygen. In the summer the leaves cover what is revealed by the arrival of the winter.
Position 3 wants to reveal the basin of the former fly ash dump of the Langerbrugge Power Station. From the direction of the municipality of Evergem, this landfill is located on the right side of the former Electricity Plant. Located behind Ten Boekel Castle. Fly ash is ashes that go along with the flue gases during the combustion of coal. Fly ash causes air pollution and must therefore be captured. It was transported to this landfill with pipes and water.
Several residents have indicated this spot to me. The trees that are planted there made it completely escape my attention in the summer of 2020. In January, I imagined, the trees are bare and should give us the possibility to observe the elevation in the landscape. When this scenic relief is shrouded in the darkness of the night, I imagine the experience that will arise when the boundaries of this former basin are illuminated with the searchlight of a helicopter. In my imagination we collaborate here with the North Sea Port company and the municipality of Evergem.
This moment of opportunity lasts no more than 15 minutes. The helicopter will fly in from the direction of the former Langerbrugge Power Station to confirm its connection. The public can gather in the fields along the Jacques Paryslaan or at another suitable location. The helicopter's searchlight can be observed from far away. Just like the chimney of the power plant that is a beacon and can be observed from the whole area. The sound of the helicopter will make an ominous announcement that something is or has been going on here.
Position 3 is the right panel of the intended landscape triptych. The situation sketch on the right gives you a good impression.
Position 1 - View of Kronos Europe NV
[This position offers a view of the present, which has a major influence on the choices that are made today.]
Position 2 - View of the Langerbrugge Electricity Station by sunrise and sunset
[This position offers a view of the visible past, which seems to wither away.]
Position 3 - View of the former fly ash dumb from the Langerbrugge power station
[This position offers a view of the consequences of a past that seems to have been disappeared forever in the green of trees.]
Shaping our culture is a shared responsibility. That is why I would like to examine the cultural landscape on offer here collaboratively.
Best regards, Edwin Stolk
During my research I have been in contact with representatives of the municipality of Evergem, Het agentschap Onroerend Erfgoed, de Vlaamse Vereniging voor Industriële Archeologie, de provincie Oost Vlaanderen, Comeet and the Projectgroep Gentse Kanaalzone. I was reading a thesis about the architect Eugène Dhuicque written by Roos Pauwels at the University of Ghent and studied many (governmental) reports about this area and the companies active in this area. I spoke with the founder and conservator of the former Museum Energeia, with former workers of the power plant and people who are born and raised with the view of this power station. It was special to meet with supporters and opponents of this heritage.
I want to thank everyone for their confidence.
Slide 1 An overview of the three positions of 'Mission Dhuicque'
Slide 2 Sowing trees on the former fly ash dump
Slide 2 Saplings growing on the former fly ash dump
Slide 3 Sketch of proposal Position 3
Gouvernement made this proposal 'Mission Dhuicque' possible during Konnektor and it will be further elaborated with the following partners: (your company, organization, name here?) 'Mission Dhuicque' follows the concept of #theorganisation
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