Wild van Water | Blue Bliss

This book was published for the exhibition by the same name in het Zuiderzee Museum. Inge Bobbink and I wrote an essay on the change of the Dutch water landscapes from industrious landscape to pleasure landscape.

Waterscapes used to be ‘functional’ landscapes. Providing food, raw and building materials and required communities to work together to manage and exploit it. From a functional landscape waterscapes have evolved into pleasure landscapes. The management and exploitation has been institutionalised and/or privatised. This has had an profound effect on how individual people and communities interact and relate to water. Waterscapes are no longer perceived as an essential integral part of everyday live but rather a decor for living and pleasure. The book Wild van Water | Blue Bliss’ is in its third print!