Campaign for drawing
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After browsing the information for the 2010 "Stellingmaand" I decided I would join the Campaign for drawing held at Fort Spijkerboor, thus combining an afternoon of drawing with a visit at the fort.
Located in the southwest of the Beemster (both the Defence line and the Beemster are on UNESCO's world heritage list) which promised a nice drive at Beemster's Zuiderweg, which is one of the mainroads at the 400 year old polder, but a picturesque one. On that road I passed 2 other forts of the defenceline before I reached my destination at Beemster's soutwest corner. Had to park the car on the Beemster Westdijk, not too fond of that because of the circular canal next to it, but I managed to keep the car out of the water (piece of cake ofcourse), and even more important: the wheels where still on ground level and were not sunken in the soil - you never know for sure with the polder dikes :P
The Spijkerboor location was a weak place in the defence line, being a meeting point of 5 waterways.
Entering the fort I found my way at the dimlit corridors to the drawing area. The mission was to give an impression of living beneath the surface or the feeling the mobilized soldiers must have had living in a bunker. So I took a clipboard with drawingpaper and some charcoal, and explored the complex of corridors to look for a suitable (read: drawable for my skill) subject.
So I sat down next to the turret for the fast firing cannons (which were actually the most modern ones they had these days) - and I was glad these things were not functioning aymore.
Sun was shining and every now and then a guide came with some visitors explaining interesting facts about the fort; when after about an hour my hands grew a bit too cold to draw accurate I felt my drawing was ready, so I returned into the relatively warmer building.
Because of that drawing I missed the tour to the turret, only saw the outside of it, so I asked one of the guides if I could still have a look at it, and so I got a private tour.
After descending to ground level I picked up my drawing, and left the fort for home again.