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Truly You, Truly You, Truly You, ...
October 2001 - December 2002, yew tree, wood, sand and gravel, 4.5 x 3 x 3 m, Tweede Natuur,
Lia Schelkens, Halle - Antwerp

On a clearing of 29 by 37 meters I have planted a rounded yew with a diameter of about 2.5
meters. Surrounding it is a white wooden construction measuring 4.5 by 3 meters. The shrub
defines the space. On one side of the construction there is a small vertical opening (4.5 x 0.46 m)
that questions the accessibility to the room.
The dark green of the yew and the uniform blue that floats above it are caught in a white frame.
On entering, the visitor meets the shrub, head-on. They stand face to face. It is a physical
experience. The distance between the wooden walls and the shrub is minimal: the visitor and the
shrub touch each other. The soil is covered with a mixture of sand and gravel, where footprints
stay visible.
The high walls and their blue colour inside lead the eye upwards and higher still. The blue seeks
out the sky, wants to imitate it. A mediocre attempt. The non-transparent blue inside can never
attain the level of the transparent blue sky. They merely interfere.
The colours green and blue appear twice: the shrub (green), the walls (blue), the surrounding firs
(green) and the sky (blue). They emphasize the struggle between the isolated landscape and the
spaciousness around it. On the outside the white erect walls provide a strong contrast to the
surrounding nature.

With thanks to André Dockx & Sons, Karel Van De Peer and Hans Thielman

Photos: Hans Thielman, Lia Schelkens