Survival Island

Fort Ruijgenhoek was built to defend the Netherlands by flooding the land. The forts were defence islands without any of the modern means like electricity, tv or central heating. The soldiers were trained to survive in this conditions. 2Takt organises a bienal exhibition for kids in the fort and asked Smets to make a site specific art work.

Melle Smets wants you to help him turn the fort back into a survival station. This time not for war but for the big flud. The Netherlands is flooded under 20 meter of water. Utrecht can only be spotted by it’s landmarks. The church tower the Dom, the football stadium, some office buildings. We are the survivors and with our raft we collect food and building materials that have stayed afloat. Turn Fort Ruijgenhoek into a survival station! An exciting interactive expedition. What can we learn from the way the soldiers used to do things back in those days? What can we find on the island that is useful to survive?


Kids raft designs

Location Utrecht

Period 2016

Commisioned by 2Takt