Art in corona times 96. Onco Tattje, De Poort (The Gate); Lauwersoog, Groningen province

In 1969 the Lauwers Sea (Lauwerszee), a small sea, was shut off from the Wadden Sea by a dam.

Today it is called Lauwersmeer (Lake Lauwersmeer) and it is situated in between the two northern provinces of Friesland and Groningen.

It is a National Park and a good place for bird watching.

On the eastern side of the national park is the fishing village of Lauwersoog, also founded in 1969, with the ferry to the Isle of Schiermonnikoog.

Also east of the Lauwersmeer National Park is a military training ground.

This monument by Onco Tattje (1943-2017) is in a dike built just between the national park and the military area.

It is a monument for the whole Lauwersmeer project and the refurbishment of the whole area, which took quite a few years.

It is quite impressive as a land art monument. A densely populated country, the Netherlands is not a very obvious place for land art.

As such this is, although not very well known, a very successful example in the north.

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Contents of all photographs courtesy to the estate of Onco Tattje and Lauwersmeer NP, Het Hogeland, Groningen province

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