In celebration of ‘The Eleven Cities Tour’, an extraordinary sporting event and the pride of Friesland, the Netherlands, ‘The Eleven Cities Fountain Project’ has recently been unveiled. Accoya wood was specified for two of the fountains in this iconic creative project.
The Eleven Cities Tour, or Elfstedentocht as it’s commonly refered to, is a taxing 125 mile race across frozen lakes and canals. The event, which can only occur when the weather is so cold that the ice becomes thick enough to race on, was last held in 1997. Due to the increasing rarity of the skating tour being able to take place, a new Elfstedentocht has been created through the introduction of the ‘Eleven Cities Fountain Project’. Each of the fountains stand in key locations along the skating route and have been designed by internationally renowned artists from around the world. The fountains were required to match the history of each of the eleven cities, therefore the artists collaborated with locals to ensure the character of each city was translated through the art sculptures.
The ‘Wild Lions of Workum’ situated in Workum and ‘The Coat of Arms of Hylpen’, found in Hindeloopen, both utilised Accoya wood within their unique designs. Accoya was specified due to its outstanding durability and stability, coupled with its low maintenance benefits.
Applications used in this project: Inspiration