Eco-Cathedral, by Louis Le Roy

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Le Roy and the EcoCathedral – Source:

Artist:  Louis Le Roy 

Title: Eco-Cathedral  

Year created: ongoing

Location: Friesian settlement of Mildam, Netherlands

Materials: Found materials, time

What is the piece’s impact? For more than 40 years Le Roy slowly built a very large structure with his bare hands. “There, on a two-hectare site, he piles up with his bare hands paving bricks, paving stones, kerbstones and other discarded street rubble while allowing nature to proceed about him unhindered.” (source)

How does this project relate to this change as art? Using only his hands and found material, Le Roy transformed a landscape – the landscape then goes on to transforms his work over time. With the creation of the organization “The Time Foundation,” the project will continue on long after the artist in gone.

What makes this an artistic project? Louis Le Roy is seen as a visionary artist and this is perhaps his crowning achievement. this project was his answer to the question ‘what can one person achieve working with nature in space and time?’

Notes: for English language information on the project, visit are also many incredible photos of the project here:

1 comment for “Eco-Cathedral, by Louis Le Roy

  1. November 19, 2013 at 6:13 pm

    Thank you for mentioning the Ecocathedral project (or better: process). You are invited tot visit the location. We will guide you, and show you other locations in The Netherlands that are inspired by the work of Le Roy. Please contact is at

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