The "GreenDoPavilion" (in Dutch, the GroenDoenPaviljoen) is an ecological "interactive art" project in which children ages 4 through 12 participate (often "grown up people", feeling young at hart participate as well). Dutch artists Hester Pilz and Hendrien designed the Pavilion.

The children, by using their imagination, make an essential contribution to the project as it develops.Together they create one great work of art. When children work on the GreenDoPavilion, it stimulates them to use their imagination and creativity. Also it makes children aware of their environment and stimulates responsable behaviour.

Perhaps more importantly, it gets them cooperating with other children while creating the pavilion project. The children literally and figuratively experience "space".

The project consists of a pavilion designed by the artists, measuring 4 x 6 meters, or 13 x 20 feet. The floor of the pavilion is decorated with a photo-collage, presenting people working in their garden. The subject refers to one of the inspirations of the project: i.e. the informal structures you can find in some type of garden.

Only "green" (natural or recycled) materials are used in the pavilion. This way, the children become aware of their environment.

Inside the pavilion, a "tree" is being built by the artists. The children create the branches of the tree with a selection of materials, like sticks from different trees and bamboo. These materials are tied together with a variety of different binding materials, stored in little drawers underneath the pavilion floor. The binding materials have been carefully selected for aesthetic, ecological and educational value. We use, for instance, different kinds of natural rope; recycled bicycle tyres; wooden beads and corks from winebottles

The project produces no waste; all the materials are being re-used constantly. The result is a continuous cycle of creation and destruction, from creative chaos to new arrangements.

The two artists, Hester Pilz and Hendrien, both have a long-time interest in organic building. Both have considerable experience designing art projects that act as children’s’ teaching aids. In 1998 they designed the GreenDoPavilion together. Since then they participated in many art- and theatrefestivals in the Netherlands, Belgium and England. Highlights were Somerset House in London and the Oerol festival in the Netherlands. Very special for us was our participacion with "Antwerp Open", were we worked with children in some of the more deprived neighbourhoods of Antwerp. Also very special was our project in an institute for mentally handicapped people.

The GreenDoPavilion has a three-fold inspiration:

 

"The thousand languages of children"
we feel inspired by the Italian pedagogy for young children of Reggio Emilia. What we do is to create a stimulating environment, that challenges the children to invent things together and create their own story. During the 7 years that we have worked on this project we have developed a very adequate "do-it-yourself-kit" of natural and recycled materials. It is very much like a kind of "proto LEGO"; with simple parts.We use, for instance, perforated corks and little pieces of wood, that can be connected together in different ways. We think it is important to present all the materials in a visually attractive manner - we want our "do-it-yourself-kit" to be invitational and stimulating for the imagination.

Practical Details:

 

On this website you will find information about the festivals where the GreenDoPavilion has been, or will be seen. Maybe unfortunately for you, most of the information is in Dutch. Nevertheless, we trust that the pictures will tell you enough. to the homepage

How many people can take part at the same time? In normal situations there are 2 coaches and 25 children can work at the Green Do Pavilion at the same time. When one group of children is finished, the next group can join in and continue building. In this way we can offer a program for a whole school, or participate at a festival for several days. Sometimes more children can work at the same time, for instance when we get help from parents, or teachers. There are also situations where we prefer to work with a lower coach/child rate.

For more information about benefits, costs etc, please fill in the form in the visitors' book, or contact us at: hesterpilz@waalen.nl.