Well I’ll be a seagull!

Thanks to our reader Jeroen Harkes we now know that the “Redneck Mansion” is actually a set for the outdoor Theater het Amsterdam Bos. It seems so obvious in retrospect. It was designed by Catherina Scholten for the 2005 production of Anton Chekhov‘s Ivanov, his early play about a disillusioned young intellectual – surprise surprise – not unlike Chekhov himself – surprise surprise – who ultimately commits suicide – surprise surprise. But a great set and yet another example, if any was needed, of the creativity of Dutch design in recent times. And as Jeroen Harkes points out you can hardly say that something three years old is racing through the net. What was really racing was the use of the image as a pretext for vilifying the poor and the joke is now on everyone who was sneering when they saw it tagged as a “redneck mansion” (said with our most po faced look of disapproval, we are just sick of hearing about wealth as a measure of anything other than greed or good luck).

ope air theatre amsterdam ivanov by chekhov

There are more images of it on flickr now we know what we are looking for and we even found the source of the original, it’s by Elmer Kroese.


  1. Posted 9 Mar ’08 at 5:30 am | Permalink

    It make me think of Habitation 67′ in Montreal, Canada, but with Mobile homes…


  2. joe
    Posted 18 Jul ’08 at 2:45 am | Permalink

    they have rednecks in amsterdam too?

  3. joey
    Posted 17 Sep ’10 at 1:14 pm | Permalink

    I like this (=D) !! so nice …

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