Tree Track        2011

The Flevopolder is a region of reclaimed land in the Netherlands. As part of an initiative to encourage use of local wood grown in the Flevopolder, Meindertsma was asked by the InnovatieNetwerk, a government organisation, to articulate the potential of this local natural resource.

The solution came in the shape of a huge wooden toy, made from an entire felled Beech tree. The tree was carefully dissected, whilst keeping it complete, and turned into a train track by woodworkers Kuperus & Gardenier. The toy demonstrates the way minerals and nutrients move through a living tree, from the roots to the leaves, by the movement of toy trains along a track.

COMMISSIONED BY: InnovatieNetwerk
CREDITS: Marleen van den Ham, Kuperus & Gardenier, Harm Goslink Kuiper, Roel van Tour


Photography: Mathijs Labadie, Roel van Tour
Text edit: Laura Houseley
Graphic design: Kumi Hiroi
Coding: Henrik van Leeuwen


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