Here Be Dragons was realized as a billboard image on the Maasvlakte inspired by, and titled after, the blank spots on old maps that declare “Here Be Dragons.” These sea-serpent inhabited points of fearful imagination imply a gap in the understanding of the known world.
I witnessed the early stages of the construction of Maasvlakte 2, when it had just emerged from beneath the sea, yet to be connected to existing land and surrounded by sand-breathing dredger monsters.
Through the motif of the dragon, the billboard introduces a means of considering Europe’s connections with Asia through trade and the differing cultural traditions of the dragon as a terrorizer or guardian.
Here Be Dragons
Image collage with etch of Hans Egede (1734) and photo by Marjolijn Dijkman (2010)
Location: Maasvlakte, Rotterdam, NL
Produced for Portscapes
Commissioned by Port of Rotterdam Authority
Adviced by SKOR, Amsterdam
Curated by Latitudes, Barcelona