More than forty years ago, Louis Le Roy (RIP 2012) began working on an enormous
structure in a meadow at the Friesian settlement of Mildam in the
Netherlands. There, on a two-hectare site, he piled up with his
bare hands paving bricks, paving stones, kerbstones and other discarded
street rubble while allowing nature to proceed about him unhindered.
Le Roy called this fascinating jungle populated by large stacked
edifices an Eco-Cathedral.
ideas underpinning Le Roy's project are the importance of the time
factor in spatial processes, and working with complex, dynamic systems
and networks. Inspired by the Nobel Prize-winner Ilya Prigogine,
Le Roy pondered the following question: 'What can one person achieve
working with nature in space and time?' Le Roy's position on these
concepts is at odds with the often rapid, super-efficient, function-hugging
approach to greenspace and nature in the Netherlands. The Eco-Cathedral
is a place where time regains space and space regains time. Le Roy
expects it to be continued by others at least until the year 3000.
ensure the continuation of LeRoy's philosophy for future generations,
the Time Foundation was established to promote insight and knowledge
of the notion of ‘time’ as a condition for the creative
development of cooperation between natural and creative human processes
in space and time. Meanwhile, LeRoy's work in Mildam carries on
and is open to the public.
the book Nature-Culture-Fusion >