To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the city of Lelystad (province of Flevoland), mayor Ina Adema will plant a tree in the Bultpark on 22 March 2017. The committee for the preservation and development of the Bultpark (Bultparkcomité) commisssioned Archaeo Build to make a fitting park bench for this location.

The design of the bench is inspired by the unique history of the province of Flevoland, which was open water till 1940. The turbulent character of this Zuiderzee left its mark in the soil of Lelystad: numerous ship wrecks from the period 1500-1900 AD. It’s not without reason that the neighbourhoods around the Bultpark are named after old ship types (Kogge, Gondel, Kempenaar and Schouw). Indeed, several ship wrecks were excavated in these and surrounding neighbourhoods when Flevoland was endiked and reclaimed from the inland sea.

Ship wrecks in Lelystad. Map: Rijksdienst voor het Cultureel Erfgoed (RCE), “Archeologie in de gemeente.” http://archeologie.erfgoedthesaurus.nl.

The design of the ship wreck bench will be presented during the festive planting of the first trees on 22 March 2017. During this ceremony mayor Ina Adema will plant a jubilee tree. In the days following this event a start will be made with the construction of the bench, a process which can be followed online through this websiteTwitter en Facebook.

Ship wreck bench Bultpark

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