Table cloth for Herman

 
This project is based on extensive research of a little area in the north of the Netherlands. I spent half a year cooperating with people connected with the little natural resort The Fochteloërveen. The project resulted in a table cloth, which is covered by 409 dots that show the location of 37 different species in 1 part of the Natuurmonumenten resort Fochteloërveen.
Each dot is scannable with any QR code reader which can be found in most smartphones-. The dots reveal information about the bird species. This interactivity makes the tablecloth a discussion trigger and on the other hand the dots create an abstract pattern in the colors of Fochteloërveen. The tablecloth is made with and for the people taking care of the little “poor” land in the rich country, or the little rich land in a poor country?
 

Europeans stonechat one of the 37 different bird species in Fochteloërveen.

Europeans stonechat one of the 37 different bird species in Fochteloërveen.

 

Herman Fenstra the bird counter of Fochteloërveen.

Herman Fenstra the bird counter of Fochteloërveen.

 

Finished table cloth with all the nest positions on the left. One of the original maps on the right.

Finished graphics for the table cloth with all the nest positions is on the left. On the right there is one of the original maps.

 

I am showing how to scan the QR dots to get the species information. (The Bouw and Bind exhibition in Veenhuizen,2013).

I am showing how to scan the QR dots to get the species information. (The Bouw and Bind exhibition in Veenhuizen,2013).

 

Herman and his tablecloth at his little house in Fochteloërveen.

Herman and his tablecloth at his little house in Fochteloërveen.