Twenty sand rings measuring approximately 150 by 300 metres are built in the early spring of 2018 using two silver-coloured excavators. The twenty rings represent 200 years of bathing culture in Scheveningen - The Hague. 'Seaside Celebration' is the theme of this jubilee year. Sand, wind, air, water and excavators will play a fascinating and dynamic game with the sand rings for weeks. Like nature itself, the work of art will not be the same on any one day.
The sand rings are freely accessible. They also form the backdrop for numerous activities, ranging from glass giant shells from SLeM that tell the story of 200 years of bathing culture in Scheveningen; 'sand faces' by artist Rikke Munkholm Laursen; the final of the City Pier Night Walk of Golazo Sports; and many other surprising activities. For the current program see the website feestaanzee.nl
Bruno Doedens / SLeM
'Rings Beside the Sea' is a project by landscape architect and artist Bruno Doedens / SLeM. SLeM, Stichting Landschapstheater en Meer, makes everyday life unusual and creates space for imagination and wonder. SLeM investigates how art can shape and distort a landscape. The audience is both a participant and spectator at the same time. SLeM operates on the intersection between landscape architecture, location theatre, visual arts and film. New temporary landscapes are given shape by the input and confrontation of these disciplines. The landscape becomes a place with a story and a memory.
Feest aan Zee
It was exactly 200 years ago that Jacobus Pronk built the first bathhouse at Scheveningen, a small wooden construction containing four seawater bathtubs. This made Scheveningen the first seaside resort in the Netherlands. The entire city will be celebrating with festivals, exhibitions and shows, and that’s just for starters. The Volvo Ocean Race is coming to The Hague, and 11 huge sand sculptures will be created on Lange Voorhout during the World Championship Sand Sculpting. See the festivity-packed programme at feestaanzee.nl