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Red & Sculptures
My sculpture in the city of Spijkenisse near Rotterdam was first coated with micaceous iron oxide paint, giving protection against water and light damage. The color was near black and stood out next to a backdrop of poplar trees. But since the eighties, when it was installed, the location change dramatically. The sculpture was even moved some meters. A shopping center was built where the park used to be.
In October, 2010 the National Breast Cancer Awareness Month the shape of the sculpture gave one of the residents an idea. She contacted the municipality and proposed to temporarily paint the sculpture pink - because when driving past it, at one point its projection presented itself in the shape of a (pink) ribbon. Spijkenisse contacted the me about the initiative. I was as enthusiastic about the idea as the town of Spijkenisse was. So the sculpture was painted pink. I traveled to the Netherlands from my home in Finland to view the sculpture, and was pleasantly surprised. I had stipulated that the pink coating could serve as a primer for the final color, which would probably be black again. But seeing my reborn piece with the new multicolored shopping center backdrop it stood it's ground. So I proposed to give it a final coating of metallic magenta, much like that of the lamborghini.