A series of twenty miniature tree-on-buoy floating in the harbor basin of Rijnhaven, in Rotterdam. These floating trees are known as “Het Dobberend Bos” or “The Bobbing Forrest”.
The idea was inspired by sculptor, Jorge Bakker. He created an art piece which featured floating bobbers bearing scale trees in a small aquarium. Jeroen Everaert (art producer Mothership & Brotherhood), Anne van der Zwaag (art historian and cultural entrepreneur) and Jurgen Bey (Dutch designer) decided to realize this concept in real life.
All the twenty Elm trees were donated by the Tree Nursery Van den Berk and placed inside recycled old sea buoys provided by the Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment.
There is a reservoir containing 600 liters of water constructed at the bottom of each buoy to sustain individual tree. Depending on the weather, the Water Boat of Water Company Evides only need to refill them four times a year!
You can admire the 21st tree installation located on the quay up close and personal.
The Bobbing Forrest was officially opened during the Dutch National Tree Planting Day on 16 March 2016. It is the first of its kind!
Location: Situated in the Rijnhaven between the Luxor Theatre and Het Drijvend Paviljoen (The Floating Pavilion)