South Holland Landscape Prize in the form of a steel fence with lines of verse, functioning as a high-class entrance to a landscape dominated by creeks. Context Every two years the province of South Holland presents an award to an organisation, that dedicates itself to the preservation/ development of nature or typical farmland. The waterboard of Hoeksche Waard turned canals and ditches into creeks, that long ago defined the natural quality of the area, providing indiginious plants and animals a natural habitat. Observatorium was commissioned to design the award. Concept Dutch farmland teems with wooden and steel gates. The gates protect private land from trespassers and keeps the cows and sheep from running away. For the efforts to create 'new nature' it seemed appropriate to make a luxury entrance, because it is a special place in a very sober landscape of
industrial agriculture. Poetry could tell visitors about the transition and interdependance between city and countryside.