Page 9: 2010/2013 – The MIRROR LAKE project and miscellaneous works

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Bathyscaphe Trieste [2010]

Bas-relief in salvaged wood, 110 x 84 x 12 cm
(private collection, Rotterdam, Netherlands)

Trieste is a deep-diving research submersible designed by the Swiss scientist Auguste Piccard. It was originally built in Italy, and sold to the US Navy in 1958. Jacques Piccard (son of the boat’s designer) and US Navy Lieutenant Don Walsh reached a record maximum depth of about 10,911 metres (35,797 ft), in the deepest known part of the Earth’s oceans, the Challenger Deep, in the Mariana Trench near Guam in the Pacific, on 23 January 1960.

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Corsair [2010]

Bas-relief in salvaged wood, 180 x 87 x 12cm
(private collection, Delft, Netherlands)

The image applied to the rear of Corsair;
‘Controlled Burn June 9, Off the Louisiana Coast.
The Premiere Explorer of Venice, LA. stands by near a controlled burn of spilled oil from in the Deepwater Horizon/BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico June 9’. Coast Guard Photo by Petty Officer First Class John Masson.
(source: )

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T-80 [2011]

Bas-relief in salvaged wood, 267 x 112 x 16cm
(Concordia Collection, Rotterdam, Netherlands)

World famous auto racer Hans Stuck persuaded Mercedes-Benz to build him a car for an attempt on the world land speed record. The project, officially sanctioned by Hitler himself, started in 1937. Designer Dr. Ferdinand Porsche targeted a speed of 465 mph. But the car was fated never to run at this velocity. And in fact no car with a conventional engine ever did. Hans Stuck would have driven the T80 over a special stretch of the Dessau Autobahn. The attempt was set for the January 1940 ‘Rekord Woche’, but the outbreak of WWII intervened; the event was cancelled and the T80 garaged. It took until 1964 for Art Alfons to surpass the T80’s target speed when he reached 544 mph in the turbojet-powered ‘Green Monster’. 

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Space Probe (Voyager 1) [2011]

Bas-relief in salvaged wood, 750 x 240 x 16 cm
(private collection, Rotterdam, Netherlands)

[expand title=”The Voyager 1 space probe is the farthest man-made object from Earth:”]

Voyager 1

Voyager 1 is a space probe launched by NASA on September 5th 1977 to study the outer Solar System. It has now been operating for over 38 years, communicating with the Deep Space Network to receive routine commands and return data. It is the furthest man made object from Earth. NASA announced on August 25th 2012 that Voyager 1 had crossed the heliopause and entered interstellar space. Its present velocity is about 520 million kilometers per year. Voyager 1 is expected to continue its mission until 2025 when its generators will no longer supply enough power for its instruments.

Top image: Interstellar Envelope. This gold aluminum cover was designed to protect the Voyager 1 and 2 “Sounds of Earth” gold-plated records from micrometeorite bombardment, but also serves a double purpose in providing the finder a key to playing the record. The explanatory diagram appears on both the inner and outer surfaces of the cover, as the outer diagram will be eroded in time.

Flying aboard Voyagers 1 and 2 are identical records, carrying the story of Earth far into deep space. The 12-inch gold-plated copper discs contain greetings in 60 languages, samples of music from different cultures and eras and natural and man-made sounds from Earth. They also contain electronic information that an advanced technological civilization could convert into diagrams and images.

Sounds of the Earth


Video: Raw Footage of Jupiter from Voyager 1 (1979)


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Tingmissartoq [2013]

Bas-relief in salvaged wood,  110 x 105 x 15cm
(collection Verre Bergen, Rotterdam, Netherlands)

[expand title=”More about Charles and Anne Lindbergh’s travels with Tingmissartoq:”]


In 1931 an Inuit boy in Gothaab, Greenland was confronted with a Lockheed Sirius Model 8 airplane, a monoplane outfitted with floats so it could land almost anywhere. He named it Tingmissartoq, ‘one who flies like a big bird’. The plane was piloted by Charles Lindbergh and his wife Anne Morrow Lindbergh.
It was only 4 years since Lindbergh had become famous for flying the Spirit of St. Louis non-stop from New York to Paris, but in the meantime aviation had made huge progress. It was now clear that the future lay in large scale passenger aviation, although political and industrial powers would have to be brought on board. Factories and airfields were needed and the maps of the world had to be redrawn to show flyable air routes and not only information for water and land navigation. In 1931 and 1933 Lindbergh and his wife took it upon themselves to connect the dots in two world tours, meeting the wealthy and powerful wherever they went and spreading the gospel.

Image 1 : The Tingmissartoq Name.
Photo by Eric Long, Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution
Image 2 : Route map created by Charles and Anne Morrow Lindbergh after their flight.
Image 3 : The Lindberghs take of for Geneva after a visit to Rotterdam Waalhaven [1933]
(source: Kees van Dongen Waalhavenverzameling)



The Mirror Lake  project is a large site specific installation on commission for The State of the Netherlands on an undisclosed location.

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Cross-Section I [2012]

Bas-relief in salvaged wood, 189 x 113 x 12cm
(Part of the Mirror Lake  project, a large site specific installation on commission for The State of the Netherlands)

A marker tracing from the construction process used as endpapers to the book the Factory Set.

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Airstream R.V. [2012]

Bas-relief in salvaged wood, 305 x 135 x 12cm
(Part of the Mirror Lake  project, a large site specific installation on commission for The State of the Netherlands)

More about the Airstream Recreational Vehicle: [expand title=”READ MORE”]

Airstream R.V. 

Airstream is a brand of luxury travel trailers and motorhomes manufactured in Jackson Center, Ohio, USA. The company is the oldest in the industry. Airstream trailers are easily recognized by the distinctive rounded shape of their aluminum bodies. This shape dates back to the 1930s and is based on designs created by William Hawley Bowlus. Bowlus was also the chief designer of Charles Lindbergh’s aircraft, the ‘Spirit of St. Louis’.

Image top: Airstream R.V.  bas-relief detail.
Video: ‘Historical Airstream: Building Dreams is our Business’


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Cross-Section II [2012]

Bas-relief in salvaged wood, 220 x 122 x 12cm
(Part of the Mirror Lake  project, a large site specific installation on commission for The State of the Netherlands)

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Tree/Bridge [2012]

Bas-relief in salvaged wood, 305 x 100 x 12cm (made for a curved wall, radius 10m)
(Part of the Mirror Lake  project, a large site specific installation on commission for The State of the Netherlands)

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Watershed (Yosemite) [2013]

Bas-relief in salvaged wood, 180 x 200 x 12cm.
(Part of the Mirror Lake  project, a large site specific installation on commission for The State of the Netherlands)

Photo below:  Yosemite Valley on June 11th 2013. For scale, El Capitan, the rock face on the left is well over two times the height of the Empire State Building.


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