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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:  http://www.enterthemothership.com/

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Reusing North Sea Buoys
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Concept drawing
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Rendering of Floating Forest in River
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Giant Tidal Control Gates and Walls

The countries with money have been constructing storm surge and tidal barriers.  Examples from The Netherlands, UK, Russia and Italy.

Thames tidal barrier in London
Thames tidal barrier in London
Venice raised tidal barrier.
Venice raised tidal barrier.
Venice tidal barrier raised and lowered by pumping air or water into the chamber.
Venice tidal barrier raised and lowered by pumping air or water into the chamber.
Inflatable storm surge barrier in Ramspol, The Netherlands
Inflatable storm surge barrier in Ramspol, The Netherlands
Inflatable storm surge barrier in Ramspol, The Netherlands
Inflatable storm surge barrier in Ramspol, The Netherlands
St. Petersburg tidal barrier.
St. Petersburg tidal barrier.

Volunteer Flood Teams

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Above, like volunteer fire brigades, the Netherlands have volunteer flood teams help their communities in the event of breaks in the dikes.

Below the Royal National Lifeboat Institute volunteers.

Ireland Flood Rescue Team training in North Wales

Below is the 2009 memorial to RNLI volunteers that lost their lives attempting to save people drowning in the UK, Ireland and elsewhere.  Artist: Sam Holland. Location: Dorset, UK.

Arbroath trainee crew
Arbroath trainee crew