… And there it was, the stunning stack of wood, 9174 m3 and 45.98 meters high.
A brave generation made the attempt to challenge there fathers that set a worldrecord 25 years ago. Months went by, rains, blizzards, freezing cold, setbacks, fatigue, and doubts, but the piles of wood kept on growing, and so did the social cohesion. Nearly 6 months of hard labor brought a small community together to celebrate there sheer will and determination.
What started as generational strife, evolved into a metaphor for social cohesion and companionship that would dominate the news for weeks. Non commercial projects like these are becoming scarce and seem to be incomprehensible for the regular consumer that is fed with thoughts of profits and financial gain.
The irritation about this trend set me of to this place to follow the proces of the building. The people of Espelo, didn’t quite understand what I came searching for early january when there was nothing to see at all. Nevertheless they welcomed the funny guy from Amsterdam warmly and gave me shelter when I needed it.
The project is not finished yet. When the corn starts to bloom the spot of the fire should be visible in the hight of the crop.
A small book shall be the end product of this project.
For now I want thank the very hospitable community of Espelo for all there good care.