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Piet Oudolf
Gross.Max

In the 1990s, in connection with the restoration the Emscher river to a close-to-natural condition and the construction of an enormous, subterranean wastewater canal, numerous relatively small sewage treatment plants were shut down. One of those to close in 1997 was the plant in the Bottrop-Ebel district, where the Berne river flows into the Emscher. Rather than being demolished, it was chosen not only to be preserved as industrial monuments, but also to fulfil a new function as a park to meet the recreational needs of the local community. The landscape architecture office David | Terfrüchte + Partner proposed a masterplan which on the occasion of the 2010 Emscherkunst exhibition was supplemented with artistic interventions.

The garden artist Piet Oudolf, collaborating with the landscape architects GROSS.MAX, created the work »Theatre of Plants«. The concept was based on a conversion of the two former round clarifying tanks. Whereas one tank remains filled with water, for the other Oudolf and GROSS.MAX designed a gyrating, descending, walk-through garden. To this end, the basin was filled with earth and arranged in a horticultural composition of shrubs and grasses. Paths and seating structure the garden into a kind of labyrinth. Oudolf’s choice of plant varieties was guided primarily by aesthetic criteria, taking into consideration their changing conditions through the different seasons of the year. The beds are arranged in clusters, whereby various shrubs and grasses are repeated, but always with one particular plant dominating the ensemble and setting the tone. Through his work with perennial plants Oudolf is associated in gardening circles with the so-called New Perennial Movement, which champions the idea of sustainable garden design. In BernePark this concept also reckons with a regular flow of local visitors keen to witness the ever-changing spectacle of nature in flux.

Address
Ebelstraße 25 a
46242 Bottrop
Public transport

From Bottrop Hauptbahnhof (main station) with Bus 261 (towards Bottrop Bergbaustr.) to the stop Bottrop Bergbaustr. or S16 (towards Essen Hauptbahnhof) to the stop Bottrop Ebel, continue on foot for about 450 m.


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Landscape architectural forming of both settling basins
Calibre of settling basins: 73 m each

The BernePark at Emscherkunst 2013.

In October 2020, the »Emscherkunstweg: At Site» was at BernePark and presented the documentary »Five Seasons: The Gardens of Piet Oudolf.

 

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»Für mich geht es bei Gartendesign nicht nur um die Pflanzen, sondern um Emotion, Atmosphäre, ein Empfinden von Kontemplation.«

Piet Oudolf

Piet Oudolf

Der Gartenkünstler Piet Oudolf (*1944 in Haarlem, NL) wandte sich im Alter von 25 Jahren dem Gartenbau und der Landschaftsarchitektur zu. Bis 2010 betrieb er zusammen mit seiner Frau Anja Oudolf eine Ziergärtnerei und einen Schaugarten in Hummelo nahe Arnheim. Zunächst vom strengen Stil der niederländischen Gartengestalterin Mien Ruys beeinflusst, entwickelte er im Laufe der Zeit einen naturalistischeren, malerischen Stil und etablierte ein naturnahes Gartendesign. Zu seinen wichtigsten Werken gehören der »Garden of Remembrance« im Battery Park und die Gestaltung der High Line in New York. In Deutschland gestaltete er unter anderem Gärten im Maximilianpark in Hamm sowie in Bad Driburg.

Das Landschaftsarchitekturbüro GROSS.MAX wurde 1995 von Eelco Hoftmann und Bridget Baines in Edinburgh gegründet. Sie entwickeln sowohl städtebauliche als auch regional- und landschaftsplanerische Strategien und erarbeiten Entwurfsprojekte für öffentliche Parks und urbane Platzanlagen.