WILL BECKERS is an environmental artist, an architect of nature, who creates site specific living sculptures that explore our relationship with the natural world. Beckers’ works are made with organic raw materials and in symbiosis with the natural world. They challenge man to become aware of his surroundings and the environment.
The artist works with the local community and confronts nature with her own materials, forming a dialogue with the landscape to create natural installations that invite the public to interact and experience the artwork, involving the visitor and thus inspiring a reaction.
His goal is to achieve a sustainable way of life and better conditions of living on earth with the reconciliation of mankind and the forging of a harmonious relationship between man and nature.
Sustainable ways of living can derive form solidarity between ourselves and a sense of working in a community. New environmental technologies can become powerful tools to achieve this end.
THE WILLOWMAN PROJECT
Floriade, Venlo, NL
BIJT IN HET ZAND (BITE IN THE SAND)
Bosland, Lommel, BE
This project is based upon the theory of philosopher Spinoza who spoke about Natura Naturans: Nature’s own process. This consists in the constant rebirth of Nature that continues to exist, which creates and recreates. The istallation explores this mistery of self generation and the transiency of our nature, the transfer of energy and nutrition that provide a metamorphose in the evolution process.
NOLI ME TANGERE (DO NOT TOUCH ME)
St Michiel’s church, Leuven, Belgium
Beckers created a growing installation for the church consecrated to Archangel St. Michiel, whose theme was Noli me tangere.
The ephemeral installation grew from the roof, slowly creeping its way lower and lower into the church, until it became earth based and injected new life into the plants.
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