Two corten steel 470 cm high Roman door panels with recesses from archaeological excavations, among other things

Forës (photo Erik van 't Hullenaar )

The concept is titled "Forës", Latin door. The door leaves are open and transparent due to the counter-shapes of the found artifacts. It is made of Corten steel and is about 4.7 meters high. "Forës" is founded on a concrete slab. I have used archeology and architecture as a source because the wealth of the grave goods gives the impression that a Roman villa once stood. And most likely the northernmost of the Roman Empire.

The door leaves are described by the Roman architect (85 - 20 BC) Vitruvius in his book "De architectura libri decem". It is one of the most important sources on architecture from Greco-Roman antiquity. Part of this is the description of doors. In the design they are Roman temple doors. It represents the desire, I imagine, of the inhabitants of that time to build a temple. The frame of the door wings is the landscape.


Archeology makes the landscape readable. Forës has been opened up with, among other things, the archaeological artefacts that have been excavated in Loovelden. Years later, these man-made objects tell a hidden story of the former inhabitants. The contours of a number of grave goods such as pitchers, jugs and scissors are carved into the door wings and can be recognized. I augmented these with items such as buttons, farming tools and food (Garum - fish sauce) that I believe have been used but not excavated or decayed over time. In addition, I have put Latin letters on it because written sources exist from Roman times. Further research will provide greater insight and new visual material.

Why corten steel?

Corten steel is a metal alloy of iron with copper, phosphorus, silicon, nickel and chromium. The rust-colored and very dense subcutaneous tissue shields the deeper material from oxygen. This greatly slows down the oxidation. The oxide layer makes painting superfluous.

Link(dutch language) to a three minute presentation of the Forës design on YouTube.


Plaza Huissen. The Föres statue is part of the 57 km long Betuwe Unesco route .

foto of Erik van t'Hullenaar

Forës (foto of Erik van 't Hullenaar )