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Bobbing Forest by Jorge Bakker

RJB3134-600x399The project ‘Bobbing Forrest’ is a concept of artist Jorge Bakker, who is known for his sculptures and installations with an architectural impact. ‘In Search Of Habit’ consists of an aquarium filled with floats in which model trees grow.

These miniature trees floating on the water raise questions about the relationship between the city dweller and nature. What does a city dweller have with nature and how humans and nature relate to the world around them?

Jeroen Everaert, Anne van der Zwaag (art historian and cultural entrepreneur) and Jurgen Bey (director Sandberg Institute and Dutch designer) found the concept so appealing that they decided to make an attempt to implement the concept in real life.

After a long time of experimentation and testing, in the spring of 2016 the ‘Bobbing Forrest’ will enter the water with twenty trees. The Rijnhaven will never be the same.

Produced by Mothership Art Projects:

Reusing North Sea Buoys
Concept drawing
Rendering of Floating Forest in River

IDB funds Trinidad Sculpture Reef as Sealevel Mitigation

If I were to say to you “Carnival” “Trinidad and Tobago” “Buccoo Reef” in quick succession…you would follow me — because this makes sense, right? But what if I throw in “climate change adaptation”?! Now you may be lost. It is ok; I’ll explain.The-Merry-Monarch

With the increasing challenges that climate change is creating for our planet and the greenhouse gas emissions profiles for most of the countries worldwide, it seems clear that action has become a must; and with action comes innovation. If we don’t start tackling the impacts of climate change more creatively then we will not be able to overcome it. You know what they say: if you want to achieve different results you have to take different approaches. This is especially relevant for our Caribbean region, given its geographical location and features which makes it very vulnerable to the impacts of climate change.

This is what we, at the Climate Change and Sustainability Division of the IDB, are trying to do: take novel and innovative approaches to climate change adaptation. In collaboration with world-renowned Trinidadian artist Peter Minshall and The Cropper Foundation, a Trinidad and Tobago based NGO focusing on sustainable development policy and practice, the Bank is designing a program on “Piloting an Innovative Approach to Climate Change Adaptation in Tobago”. This program will utilize a Trinidad and Tobago Carnival inspired underwater sculpture installation designed by Mr. Minshall as an alternative attraction to the highly stressed and degraded Buccoo Reef, allowing it to naturally recover by shifting some of the visitors that would normally visit the reef to now go visit the sculpture park. The underwater sculptures will be combined with a water pollution study that will inform the design of interventions to limit the land-based pollution already affecting the reef. A trust fund will be established to collect income generated by the sculpture park and by the creative industries around it, in order to further finance adaptation interventions in Buccoo Reef as well as for the maintenance of the attraction itself, ensuring the continuation of this initiative.

Coral reefs provide many services for coastal communities:

  • They provide an income to many families who depend on coastal tourism and/or fisheries as their livelihood.
  • They provide protection for coastal assets and ecosystems acting as buffers against waves, storms and floods.
  • They represent an invaluable benefit for places such as Tobago but they are at risk and it is of utmost importance to do what is in our hands to preserve them.
Engl.: Trinidad and Tobago, Carnival 2006, caribbean, costumes, parades, street festival, make up, glitter, at mas designer Peter Minshall and his Callaloo Company's facility in Chaguaramas, where Minshall's band 'Sacret Heart' is produced. The helmets are made from galvanized metal. Mas Camp. 'Son of Saga Boy'. German: Trinidad und Tobago, Port of Spain, Karibik, Karneval 2006, Kostueme, Feste, Paraden, Strassenfest, Schmuck, Glitter, Masken, in der Kostuemfertigungshalle des Karneval Designers Peter Minshall, der mit seiner Calalloo Company in Chaguaramas die Karnevalsband 'Sacret Heart' produziert. Die Helme sind aus galvanisiertem Metall gefertigt. Photo © Stefan Falke
Engl.: Trinidad and Tobago, Carnival 2006, caribbean, costumes, parades, street festival, make up, glitter, at mas designer Peter Minshall and his Callaloo Company’s facility in Chaguaramas, where Minshall’s band ‘Sacret Heart’ is produced. The helmets are made from galvanized metal. Mas Camp. ‘Son of Saga Boy’.

As Mr. Minsahll said in his own words: “Nature has served Man diligently since the beginning. Man has been less generous. I sincerely hope that Water Colours, a work of art by Man on Nature’s behalf, may help turn the tide at Buccoo. Water Colours will be a Carnival of the Sea. Never still. Glowing with the brilliant hues of the reef and moving with the vibrancy of the sea itself. This will be an installation that demands, by its very essence, to be seen, and at a glance to be celebratory of our own natural island selves—of us, in our annual Carnival, which is an ancient tradition, as old as the earth, as deep as the sea itself. A Celebration of Life.”

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