In Rijnhaven, Rotterdam, we have a forest on the water! ‘Dobberend Bos’ – an innovative urban greening project, with 20 ‘floating’ trees. It could become a model for future floating parks, great as we’re 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 artist Jorge Bakker.
The real size project “Bobbing Forest”, produced by Mothership, reacts to an urban environment located below sea level.
Their Facebook page gives you a nice impression of the experiments and tests they did before they developed a prototype, planting in sea buoys recycled from the North Sea. It seemed like such a simple idea, but they had to defeat challenges as trees don’t like brackish water and some trees get seasick. The river Maas is connected with the North sea and we have low and high tides in Rotterdam. The Dutch Elm is sturdy enough to thrive as it floats and bobs about and it tolerates a modest amount of salt water.
The Wilhelminapier – Rijnhaven & Katendrecht and “Bobbing Forest” is worth checking out. Great view from the quay (with benches), rent a boat in Entrepothaven to make the ride into Rijnhaven or take the Watertaxi to #46 Wilhelminapier – Luxor Theater
At low tide you can dip your toes in the river at Tillemakade.