Taturo Atzu cereates a temporary public space on top of old Amsterdam church
This summer, Japanese artist Taturo Atzu (formerly known as Tatzu Nishi) presented his latest large-scale project in Amsterdam. Between June 27 and September 6, he turns the rooftop of the monumental Oude Krek into a public space, under the title The Garden Which is the Nearest to God. Built around 1300 (but already existing in the form of a wooden chapel a century earlier), the old stone church has seen a lot from Amsterdam’s history. Besides the sacral purposes, it was often used as a secular space as well. Set in the middle of the Red Light district, the old church is nowadays a museum and the youngest art institution of the country.
Taturo arrived to the city upon director and chief curator Jacqueline Grandjean’s invitation, who was convinced by the artist’s previous projects dealing with cultural heritage sites. Atzu seemed like the perfect choice to create something that resonates with the city’s history while adds something new to its infrastructure. Since it is accessible from the outside via scaffolding, even the trip upstairs gives visitors the chance to take a glimpse of the town from an unusual perspective. The wide and bright spacious rooftop terrace provides a kind of open space that is lacking from the medieval layout of Amsterdam. For more intimate interactions, a so-called living room was set up in the middle with comfortable sitting options. To enhance the roof’s communal functions, under the title Come Closer it will host a series of public events, lectures and talks on a wide range of urban topics throughout August.
Source: Oude Krek
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