In Rijnhaven we have a forest on the water! ‘Dobberend Bos’ – an innovative urban greening project, with 20 ‘floating’ trees which I hope will grow to be a new icon and might serve as a model for future floating parks (as I live surrounded by harbours that could do with some green ;).
This wonderful project is inspired by “In search of Habitus” – an aquarium installation filled with floats in which model trees grow – by Jorge Bakker. The real size project “Dobberend Bos” (“Bobbing Forest”), reacts to an urban environment located below sea level – produced by Mothership, among others.
Their Facebook page gives you a nice impression of the experiments and tests they did before they developed a prototype, planted in sea buoys recycled from the North Sea. It seemed such a simple idea, but they had to defeat challenges as trees don’t like brackish water and some trees get seasick. The Dutch Elm is sturdy enough to thrive as it floats and bobs about and it tolerates a modest amount of salt water.