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Arch a sculpture near Rotterdam in old Rhoon

"Arch" a sculpture near Rotterdam in old Rhoon (Albrandswaard).
Arch awaits the calibration of the measurements between the foundations and itself. photo©Jo Polak

In 2008 the company, which was installing the sculpture constructed the two concrete foundations on which the sculpture was to be mounted. The elements, which were to make up the sculpture were positioned. Then there were holidays and illness of the foreman. During the same period a new board of Mayor and Aldermen had been elected and were asked by the designer of the Climatic Buffer Zone not to proceed with the installation of this contemporary sculpture. According to his views the sculpture did not complement the natural character of the buffer zone. The mayor, nor the responsible alderman contacted me to give me the opportunity to give my views on this subject; so I was unaware of the situation at that time. When I contacted the company, which was installing the sculpture, for an update. I was told that they had received an order to take the sculpture down and deposit it on a site near the Rhoon public works yard, at the foot of the dike. There it lay for three years. In the meantime a new site was searched and found, but that story will come in the account I am about to divulge.


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