[ ubi energeia fuit ]
‘now there are fields, where troy once stood’, the roman poet ovid wrote. ‘iam seges est ubi troia fuit‘ in latin.
in the ongoing project ubi energeia fuit i’m investigating traces in dutch landscape at site where once energy was produced: abandoned coal mines or lignate pits, remnants of former gas plants or oil facilities, a nuclear power plant taken out of production.
in the netherlands, densely populated as it is, factories and production facilities are usually demolished soon after they have been taken out of use, and the valuable ground is re-used rapidly, to create a resenditial area, new nature or leisure sites.
still, if you know what to look for, traces of the former activities can still be seen. like many other human activities, energy production from the past has altered the landscape for ever.
in the veenkoloniën area peat was won in the 19th and 20th century, mainly for fuel but also for production of peat dust. this was one of the factories, located at a canal in schoonebeek (nl). today it is a cafe and restaurant