Tilia x Europaea
Based on a cultural and historical research into the linden tree, Melle Witteveen has created an installation that visualises our connection with nature and how it has changed over time in five objects. The prominent place the linden tree has held historically, as a place of jurisdiction and social gatherings, has vanished. Today people see the tree as a nuisance; washing its sticky sap off the car is one more thing to do on a busy day. The five objects created by Melle each highlight a different aspect of this changeable relationship between man and nature. Each invites visitors to reflect on it through a different approach; spiritual, critical, practical, biological or industrial.