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Zwijndrecht Discoid Form 3
Discoid form 3 1973-2008/9/11 bronze - Ø180x80cm - Zwijndrecht NL - photo©Chris Wijmans
Zwijndrecht used to have a lumber company along this reservoir; logs were floated down the river into this place, soaked for a few years, dried and then cut for lumber. The town scrapped the old bronze and brass steam engine which powered the sawmill and built housing around the log pond.
When I had this bronze sculpture cast, the foundry delivered it to my studio which is next to the River Oude Maas. The same river now borders the Zwijndrecht section of Beeldenpark Drechtoevers Sculpture Park (OPAM), I did the finishing touches in the back of my studio, I already dreamed of it being installed alongside the river one day. The city decided to buy it during the seventies and installed it in front of the town hall, where my first discoid form had stood on loan from me; but the moment I removed that sculpture from its location to exhibit it in Assen, the city council decided to buy it from me when it would return. But during the exhibition in Assen, the city council decided to buy the sculpture from me. So I decided to sell two sculptures, one to each city, and offered discoid form 3 to my hometown. The city council accepted. There it stood until 2009 when it was removed because of the revision of the whole area.
When I made the model for discoid form 3, the town and I agreed that I would have two copies cast. In that way I would have one large bronze to show at exhibitions. In 2006 this bronze returned to my home in Finland and is now part of the permanent exhibition of my sculptures at POAM, my personal sculpture park.