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The symposium was officially opened by Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands in 1983
As the speaker of the organization of the East West
Symposium it was my task to accompany the queen, introduce
the participating artists and organizers and acquaint her
with the site as the stage for the symposium. The site was
still void of any planned development. The EMF plant had
already been demolished, leaving an empty space, cleared of
rubble. The adjoining Victoria Factory was only partly
demolished, leaving us an exploitable space for the
necessary activities - planning, having meetings making
sketches and drawings, making models and having lunches.
Before Queen Beatrix was to arrive I was waiting with the others.
After the first two weeks of making plans, the twelve artists had installed an documentary exhibition of their work and the sketches, plans and models on the work floor of the factory. All was ready for the start of the actual work.
organization: East West Forum working group of the Dutch Sculptors' Association 1981-1983