Looking at the picture above this article you might wonder where this ‘Floating Forest’ should be. Well, it’s not there yet. But it definitely will be there March 16, 2016. A date in the Netherlands known as ‘national forest day’ (literal translation). While writing I realised this project isn’t just cool because it’s about a floating forest but also because March 16 is national forest day, this brings back memories. I’m not going to bother you with the whole story but here some key words.. elementary school, national forest day, Queen of the Netherlands, interview on national radio. Gosh, time flies.
Enough story telling. ‘Het dobberende bos’ is a mix of art and sustainability. The trees come from a local storage and the marine buoys where the trees are floating in will get a second life. The current designer Jeroen Everaert found his inspiration in another piece called ‘In search of habitus’ by Jorge Bakker. The floating forest will be located in the Rijnhaven, close to ‘The Rotterdam’. For a couple of years now you can find a floating house in the Rijnhaven. This once was the first step in filling up the whole Rijnhaven with floating houses.
So Rotterdam anno 2016 will use the inner waters to surf on (check article: RIF010) and now also to plant a forest in it.