the no man's land

The land art installation ComingWorldRememberMe is implemented in the provincial domain De Palingbeek near Ypres. This location was chosen for different reasons, its history not being the least important.

The provincial domain was developed out of a deserted area on both sides of the old canal  of the never used canal Ypres - Komen. In 1914 this old relic of the 19th century landscape came to lie on the frontline of the Ypers Salient. One of the steep shores, in English named  The Bluff and in German die Grosse Bastion, was at stake during the years of war underground and above ground between the British and the German troops. The French, and from January 1915 on the British as well, occupied the high shore much to the dislike of the Germans, who had taken the highest position on almost all other strategical point on the Ypres Salient. From July 1915 on they tried to conquer the high position by placing depth mines under the British stands.

This succeeded for a while in February 1916 but in March the British conquered their position back. The mine war continued and The Bluff and its environment was gradually reshaped into a moon landscape of craters. Up until today you can find many relics of the violence in and around the zone The Bluff. Many British cemeteries can be found in and around the domain.

In the past forty years to domain has evolved into a beautiful area of nature of more than 350 hectares. Because of this, many more relics of WWI are now part of this domain. For instance the Caterpillar, one of the 19 mine crates that are a leftover of the Battle of Messines on 7th of June 1917. During this battle the south edge of the Ypres Salient was conquered by the British. The Caterpillar is today a magnificent dramatical feature in the park area of De Vierlingen that hardly gives away its origin. Adjacent and also included in the provincial domain is the battle field relic Hill 60, for the British one of the most notorious battlefields of the entire Western Front. From November 1914 until the end of September 1918 this artificial hill was fought over. 

The entire land art installation is spread over the surface between on the one side Hill 60 and on the other side The Bluff. This no man's land is one of the most fought over locations in our country and therefor an extremely symbolical location to implement this land art installation on.