Ground Zero – Sphinx Factory – Installation is created in collaboration with Flo van der Waa. We have created a ground line in the abandoned Sphinx factory during the summer of 2015.
The factory Sphinx in Maastricht has an important history for our city.
It used to be one of the biggest porcelain suppliers in this region. which made the base for the city that is existing today. As a result, the factory had a positive influence on the economical and social levels.
In conclusion, today this factory site has become a hotel, bar, cinema, exhibition hall and housing. After that, it became a region that has found back its role in society.
This ground line was created in the main factory hall of the Sphinx factory, designed by the architect Gustave Eiffel, became a national monument. As you might know, it was he who has created the Eiffel tower as many other amazing buildings.
Right before I created Flo and I decided to work in the factory. The city council presented the repurpose plans for this region. This region its new purpose to become again a centre of economics.
In the community, lots of people were not sure if these new plans and were not ready to lose their connection with this place.
Ground Zero – Sphinx Factory – Installation is presenting the future opportunities of this abandoned region.
Ground Zero – Sphinx Factory – Installation is created with the ground Flo and I recovered from under the factory. We mixed this ground with fresh ground, vegetables and flower seeds. Making a straight line in at that moment the entrance hall.
During a month we took turns in watering the plants. Using the water from a well that we found inside the factory.
After to weeks, we had some seeds that came out of the ground. Sadly the ground didn’t offer more in order to make the plants grow.
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