MVRDV designed Seasaw for the city of Den Helder, located in North Holland. The public art installation moves as a seesaw, taking visitors up and down from city to sea. The firm was selected as the winners of the international competition created to design a new symbol for the city. Zeestad, an independent organization, in partnership with the municipality of Den Helder chose MVRDV to help aid in developing a sense of identity for the city and increase the connection between the city and the sea.
Seasaw will pivot on the dike created in Den Helder to block flooding, which subsequently blocked residents from views of the sea as well. In addition to the design of Seasaw, a scenic 3 mile walking, cycling and hiking route will also be introduced across the dike to help further reconnection to the water.
Activating the seafront, this weaving pathway invites visitors and resident to climb the dike and take a look at the other side. At the junction of these routes, Seasaw is added in the form of an infinite loop that serves as a viewing platform towards the city and sea. Completion of the public artwork is set for 2019.
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