The Neverending Park
6th December 2019 - 13th September 2020
Two years ago, the theatre company ARSENAAL/LAZARUS and Museum Hof van Busleyden asked the people of Mechelen to share their ideas to help improve the city. As part of the De Grond der Dingen project, every inhabitant was given one square metre to make his/her city more liveable. The proposals were deliberated and negotiated, assessed and considered. But the negotiations are set to continue, because the City of Mechelen promised the project 20,000 sqm of land in 2021 to execute a selection of these ideas. From 6 December 2019 until 13 September 2020, the first proposals will be shown to the public in the temporary exhibition, The Neverending Park. This unique park consists of an artificial biotope under Museum Hof van Busleyden. It was designed by Decoratelier Jozef Wouters and Barry Ahmad Talib as an every-changing backdrop to the quest for the substance, the ground of things. Like in every park, you can take a stroll through it, or hang around, meet other people, observe, learn and play.
Another unique aspect of this park are the various permanent residents who welcome visitors, engaging in a dialogue with them. In the adjoining Colosseum, you can immerse yourself in the various meanings of ground. You’ll also find eighty scale models by Benjamin Verdonck on the hills in the park. They represent a selection of the proposals by the people of Mechelen to help improve their city and invite you to discuss the needs of a contemporary city. The hills extend into the remnants of the antique theatre, where we can receive national and international guests on special occasions. Searching for a reply to the question ‘What is the substance of things?’.
The park is bustling with activities, performances and opportunities for encounters.