Sandworm is an organic structure/space/creature realized on the dunes of the Wenduine coastline, Belgium.
The 45 meters long and 10 m wide and high installation moves freely in-between architecture and environmental art and is constructed entirely out of willow following the local knowledge of a continuing interaction between work and environment.
Casagrande worked hard with his team of young architects and local experts for 4 weeks in order to create something that he describes as “weak architecture” – a human made structure that wishes to become part of nature through flexibility and organic presence. The visitors are describing the Sandworm as a willow cathedral finely tuned to celebrate the site specific conditions of the Wenduine tidal beaches. The space is used for picnics, relaxation and post industrial meditation.
- year 2012
- work started on 2011
- work finished in 2012
- main structure wood
- buyer beaufort04 triennial of contemporary art
- max height (m) 10
- volume (m³) 3000
“Designing is not sufficient. Design should not replace reality. The building must grow out of the location; it must react to its environment, it must be a reflection of life and also be itself, as every other living being. Architectural control goes against nature and thus also against architecture. The built human environment is a mediator between human nature and nature itself. To be part of this, man must be weak.”
The work of Marco Casagrande is on the cusp between architecture and visual art. His work pays witness to a continuing interaction between work and environment: there is not a single building of his that is not searching for the questions thrown up by the immediate surroundings. For Beaufort04 Casagrande has created a fifty-metre long Sandworm, which stretches out between the dunes like an enormous wooden worm. The holes in the tunnel invite the visitors to come along too.