Korenlei, Ghent, Belgium
Inspired by a building on the Korenlei in Ghent, Piet Van embarked on a unique art project centered around the theme of birds, enhanced by accompanying sounds. Painting large canvases, he positioned them within the building's expansive windows, allowing passersby to catch glimpses of the vibrant artworks while immersing themselves in the accompanying auditory experience.
Building upon this concept, Piet Van envisioned creating tapestries for a monastery, envisioning a grand space adorned with four distinct carpets. The initial idea revolved around a tapestry depicting a hundred stuffed birds, symbolizing their attempts to escape from the darkness represented by black pitch. Among these birds, the focal point would be an eight-foot swan. Each bird or section would contain a sensor that would emit sounds from Alfred Hitchcock's movie 'The Birds' when triggered by someone passing by. This interplay between visual and auditory elements aimed to create a dynamic and immersive experience for remote spectators, as the sounds seemingly traveled alongside them.
Additionally, Piet Van had conceived plans for a fish carpet, with tons of fish scattered atop real crushed ice. His exploration of sustainability in preserving real fish ultimately led him to develop his patented invention for tanning fish leather.
Although circumstances prevented the realization of the tapestry project, the pencil drawings and sculptures created during this period serve as valuable study works, reflecting the artist's preparation and exploration for a potential future project. These works offer glimpses into Piet Van's creative process and the imaginative possibilities he envisioned for his art.