N34 Kunst Route, Netherlands
by Studio Ineke Hans
The N34 in Drenthe is an old trade road to the north of the netherlands located between Coevorden and Zuid Laren. In old times it would have featured rest areas for travelers and horses to find refreshments and respite. Often these places ended up with beautiful names like: the green pheasant, the black ox, the white elephant, the red dear, the golden lion and so on.
As part of the N34 Kunst Route initiative various artworks have been placed along at the rest areas along the N34. Studio Ineke Hans designed elements that all have the same base, but turn into different milestones, information poles and seats as and when needed.
The seat, table surfaces and other base tops are made of NABASCO: a new high impact nature based composite strengthened by natural fibres like flax and hemp. These materials more or less ‘belong’ to the Provincie Drenthe and fit to the ‘green heart’ this province likes to affiliate itself with. The material has been tested for new ‘noses’ for Dutch trains.
Next to that there are still many remarkable things along the road: from Goose-market to Horse-market, from temporary living space of Vincent van Gogh to dolmen and mammoth excavations and sheepfold.
The animals on the information poles became metaphors for facts, sights and the diversity of the N34 surroundings: trips & markets (horse), prehistory & iceage (mammoth), forests & puddles (dear), heath & peat (sheep), culture & peace (pigeon), folklore & crafts (goose)
Photos by Koos Schaart