The rediscovery of the poplar tree
Around the second half of the eighteenth century plenty of poplars were planted for the manufacture of wooden shoes and matches in the province of Noord-Brabant. The characteristic "Peppelland” landscape emerged from the pattern of sandy paths and moist brook soils. A forty-meter-high observation tower will rise in this forest, offering views to this unique cultural landscape. As a tribute to the poplar, this tower will be built from 24 poplar trunks and cables that hold each other in balance based on the principles of "tensegrity".