A sand carpet in a cowshed. That’s what I wanted to make for the art route Klifhanger in Den Hoorn on Texel.  I wanted to make it together with inhabitants of Den Hoorn, with sand from the nearby dunes on soil from the surroundings of the cowshed.


Until the beginning of the last century, wall to wall floor covering was unknown to  farmers. The floors of their farms were made of tiles, stone or wood.

Using fine sand, the farmer’s wife decorated the floors of their farm, for Sunday’s. All sorts of figures, amongst them many flowers and plants, were used as motives for those sand decorations.


The making of a ‘carpet’ or ‘painting’ in sand is also known in other cultures.

The Tibetan Buddhists have a tradition of making sand mandala’s, with which they symbolise the perishableness of things. According to Buddhism all  material things are passing; a sand mandala is an example of that. After a sand mandala is made with ceremonies and devotion, it will always be destroyed, also with ceremonies and devotion.

The Aboriginals from Australia make sand paintings, in which they visualise their mythical origin.

The emphasis of the sand paintings of the Navajo Indians lies on their healing qualities.


For the design of the sand carpet I asked four inhabitants of the care-farm Novalishoeve and three inhabitants of Den Hoorn to make drawings concerning the village. With those drawings I made the design for the carpet.

Together we made the carpet, in the cowshed of Novalishoeve.