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Arch a sculpture near Rotterdam in old Rhoon
Since at the time, for about a decade it seemed that eventually this location would get the sculpture, it was included in Beelden Dichterbij, a book with poetry by Jacqueline Uittenbogaart - poems inspired by the various sculptures and other art objects in the public space of Rhoon and Poortugaal, now fused into the municipality of Albrandswaard.
In this same period a strange thing happened: one of the artist members of the advisory committee contacted me asking for a percentage of my honorarium, which I naturally refused to do. A year or so after that, I inquired at the local authorities how their studies, concerning the possibilities, were proceeding. Some people had been ill and sometime after that I was told that the Groenekruisweg, the road from Rotterdam to the west, was owned by Rijkswaterstaat, the implementing body of the Ministry of Transport, Public Works and Water Management in Holland, owned more property that the municipality had counted on. My sculpture, when optimally placed, would exceed the limits of the municipality and be in the area managed by Rijkswaterstaat. So I was asked to study the area of the Rivierlaan one hundred meters north of the intersection. After my analyses of that are and meetings with the men of public works, this alternative was not an oprion.
This could have been my second, and quite recognizable, sculpture along the Groenekruisweg; because a few kilometers to the west, in the city of Spijkenisse is my 2.2.3d.2 sculpture.