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Arch a sculpture near Rotterdam in old Rhoon - transposed site specificity
The history of the installation of my site specific sculpture, arch, is one of the longest of my career as a sculptor. The idea for this sculpture was born twenty-four years ago. It's joined arch-segments were to span an intersection in The Hague in 1988-89. In 2012 it finally arched the entrance road to one of Netherlands' first climatic buffer zones, south of Rotterdam.
Site-specific art is artwork created to exist in a certain place, which initially was in The Hague. The site specificity of this work did not change; only the site itself did - from Den Haag to Rhoon. In essence this sculpture is meant to let people pass under it and experience the transformation of its projection as it is registered in our brain. Its reference to a Romanesque vault's rib construction is secondary, but certainly one of my sources of inspiration.
Despite the fact Janjelle Stroosma's observation that misunderstanding is the mortar of our society, this truth cannot heal all the results of our mutual endeavors. Even though there is a lot to learn from nearly a quarter of a century's strife to achieve one's goal, the gained knowledge only comes after the facts; and having known them beforehand may not have been helpful at all. When I decided to propose to save the Albrandswaard community the fabrication costs of my sculpture, if in turn they would commission me to install it within their boundaries, I indeed had no idea that it would take seventeen years or more for them to finally accept my offer.