Commissioned by the Dutch Government Buildings Agency, Rotterdam, the Netherlands
The Maasvlakte is a visually sensational place. To show the Maasvlakte to the rest of the world, a web-camera has been installed on the customs site: the maasvlakte-cam. An interactive camera has been placed on the roof of the container scan. This camera is linked to an Internet website. You can log on and operate the pan-tilt-zoom camera from your own computer. The customs building with its windy parking lot, the container scanner with its never-ending flow of approaching and departing lorries, the sea with its container ships and sailing boats, windmills, the energy generating station, the ECT, new industrial complexes under construction and the Betuwe freight rail link. In this massive and sometimes bleak environment, where people rarely go, the world can now look round at its leisure through the camera lens.