At first sight, the differences between the two parks seem more apparent than their similarities. For instance, the Parco Regionale dell’Appia Antica has been created and transformed by temporal narratives in the course of hundreds of years, whereas the Amstelpark has rather recently been laid out in a spatial mix of cultural references. However, in the spirit of the new heritage paradigm as discussed above, our approach allows us to explore the idea that the two parks are more similar than what may seem at surface value. Both parks were developed in the 1970s in a period when the worldwide environmental movement arose. While the Appian Park bears the image of a millennia old, naturally grown heritage landscape, it can be shown to have been artificially constructed fairly recently, in the 20th century. Likewise, the Amstelpark is known as a recent artificial construction, but as a heritage landscape of a world exhibition in horticulture (the Floriade of 1972) it can be argued to hide multiple historical layers, also dating back several centuries, just like the Via Appia Antica landscape. Both cases are characterized by the interplay between long term historical processes and creative agency. This interplay is key to Exploded View. The project aims to create a dialogue between the two parks, by calling on artists and academics to reflect on and get inspired by this interplay, in order to open to new perspectives on artistic research into landscapes and find new connections to the parks themselves within contemporary society.