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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