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A8 viaduct Zaanstad

Rijkswaterstaat (of the Ministry of Transport, Public Works and Water Management) in The Netherlands, the city of Zaanstad and the Praktijkbureau of the Ministry of Culture initiated the realization of art in relation the Dutch national highway network. One of the first projects took place in Zaanstad.

The circular contour of the connection of the two cylinders of the previous sculpture has be magnified and inverted in this variation

Here the sculpor has decided that diverting the attention from a negative experience in this more or less underground emvironment, to a monumental shape which seems to have outgrown its home under the bridge - a concept not very different from this highway barging its way through a rustic village street.

The flat circle segments with their connection and continuing contour line were almost what the sculptor envisioned, were it not that they would have been too inviting to youthful people to climb the surfaces. This sketch was used by one Zaanstad newspaper to illustrate an article about this project. A few years later a certain Mr. Schot, who had just started his fifteen year campaign to have the sculpture scrapped, convinced the local building committee that the sculpture was not the proposal which had been accepted. So this committee, in Dutch 'welstandscommissie', advised the Mayor and aldermen that another sculpture had been made than the proposal which had been approved - basing their argument on pure conjecture. The committee had not studied the proposal and convince themselves that this sketch was only phase three leading to the final proposal. This Mr. Schot finally had success when in 2000 the populist Mayor, Ruud Vreeman, decided to have the sculpture dismantled.

A8 viaduct, Zaanstad Holland and the sculptures of Lucien den Arend - his site specific sculpture ordered by the city of Zaanstad    

1985 - surround, victory - stainless steel - 22m diameter each - Zaanstad NL


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