21st Century Dutch Landscapes

Van Mensvoort
June 4th 2012

For centuries the Dutch landscape has been known for its highly cultivated formal structure, however with the introduction of Google Maps a whole new layer of formalization has been added.

Like many other governments the Dutch censor the visibility of political, economic and military locations on the satellite imagery, but while most countries blur, pixelate, and whiten out sites of interest, the Dutch method of censorship is notable for its stylistic intervention of bold, multi-coloured polygons over sites. The result is a landscape occasionally punctuated by sharp aesthetic contrasts between secret sites and the rural and urban environments surrounding them.

The satellite images where collected by Mishka Henner.

Artillery shooting range - 't Harde, Gelderland

Koningin Beatrix Kazerne, Den Haag, South Holland

Noordeinde Palace, Den Haag, South Holland

Staphorst Ammunition Depot, Staphorst

More images at mishkahenner.com

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Posted 05/06/2012 – 12:03

Noordwijk aan zee: Nora militair radiostation? http://nl.wikipedia.org/wiki/Radio_Nora

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