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Making public art is not always having the opportunity to install your sculpture in public places and enjoy them for the rest of your life. Public space is in movement. So some years after doing this kind of work - the period may be shorter or it may be longer - it is inevitable that the phone rings or an email arrives that there are changes, complications or even populist mayors on your way.
The above sculpture was made in commission for The Hague and to be installed on the intersection of the Neherkade and the Binckhorstlaan in that city. After the parts of the sculpture were constructed and ready for transport to the location, I received an alarming phone call from the secretary of the arts committee. It seemed there had been a miscommunication between him and the local public works department. There had been alterations to the plan of the intersection - it was enlarged. So the sculpture which would have traversed the traffic lanes had become too small. So it was stored on a nearby location and awaited a solution, which didn't come. Therefore it was returned to me after some years and I could either trash the parts or store them. I hunted for a location for this purpose and found the Schokindustrie company in my home town of Zwijndrecht at that time. They have a large area with storage for construction materials and associated items. One small corner accommodated my sculpture's parts.