A history of water management in the Netherlands
The history of the Netherlands is intertwined with water management. Centuries of projects to increase the amount of usable land through flood prevention and land reclamation have resulted in the perception by the Dutch that the Netherlands is a place of their own creation in an entirely literal sense.
This project explores this situation through two satirical pop-up books. “Creation: Week 2” retells the Genesis story as a history of water management as if the Dutch took over after God finished. “The Great Flood of the Euregio” retells the story of Noah’s flood as a comment on the total dependence of the Dutch on dikes.
“God made the world but the Dutch made the Netherlands”