mount zuidas

Virtual Falcon Flight, Zuidas, Amsterdam, May 2016

Highrise buildings have been discovered by animal species such as the peregrine falcon (Falco peregrinus), whose range was originally restricted to mountains and cliffs. Public art project Mount Zuidas revolved around the concept of the city as alpine habitat. Visitors were invited to experience a falcon flight in virtual reality, previously recorded by a GPS unit attached to a captive peregrine falcon. A falcon mask was worn over virtual reality goggles, so that participants were transformed into a human-animal hybrid for the duration of the flight. In botanical garden Botanische Tuin Zuidas, lava rocks were attached to an exterior wall, serving as a prototype for the concept of Probiotics for Public Space. The porous, water-retaining rocks form the growth base for microbes, plants, fungi and invertebrates, building the urban ecosystem from the bottom up. A phenological clock visualized the imagined development of the urban ecosystem. Mount Zuidas was made possible by a grant from the City of Amsterdam, Stadsdeel Zuid. Additional support by ABN AMRO Bank and WTC Amsterdam. With Cure Master, TAAK (Christiane Bosman, Theo Tegelaers), Natalie Jeremijenko, Botanische Tuin Zuidas (Maarten van Bodegraven), Emily C. Thomas, Emily IJzerman, Richard Sale, Arthur V. Boer and Lukas Engelhardt.