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No Return reveiled by Harlingen Mayor Ina Sjerps

No Return reveiled by Harlingen Mayor Ina Sjerps

Last October 13th my sculpture ‘No Return’ was officially revealed by Mayor Ina Sjerps in Harlingen who gave a beautiful speech about the subject of the sculpture.
Harlingen is a place where people come and go over the years, and a lot of people who need shelter have had found it in Harlingen. The city Harlingen was there for given the sculpture by mrs. Hans Boonstra.
The sculpture ’No Return’ represents people all over the world who are in danger and have to leave country and everything they consider home behind, and seek shelter somewhere else in the world. These people need our compassion and with my work ’No Return’ I hope to achieve that.

No Return placed in Harlingen

No Return placed in Harlingen

 

’The sculpture No Return has been donated by Mrs. Hans Boonstra to the city of Harlingen. It is placed at the quay, facing the city. The sculpture represents people from all over the world who are forced to leave their homes and loved ones. Harlingen provides shelter to a great amount of refugees and has done so for many years. The citizens of Harlingen, as much as possible welcome people who need help . No Return will be officially revealed in the prescence the mayor of Harlingen Mrs. Ina Sjerps on the 13th of October 2023.

Bronze, paint and horse hair

Bronze, paint and horse hair

July 1st, – August 31st, 2023

A new exhibition is taking place in Studio Ilse Oelbers showing textile work by Marianne Kemp, made out of horse hair.

Also shown are the stunningly realistic oil paintings by Gelos Michailidis.

The Lighthouse Keeper

The Lighthouse Keeper

Last November I was asked to think about a sculpture that would tell the story of the old lighthouse in Harlingen. At the foot of the old lighthouse are four little cottages. Two of them will be a bed and breakfast, just as the lighthouse is now for several years.
I new straight away I would love to make the lighthouse keeper for this project. He must have lived there in this little cottage and take good care of the lighthouse. In my imagination I saw him sitting at his strong wooden table, eating or reading books. Every now and then the lighthouse keeper comes out of his little cottage and stands in his garden on his bare feet, and looks up to the light.

After discussing it with the owner of the lighthouse I was given the wonderful opportunity to make a life size bronze sculpture of the lighthouse keeper for this project. I worked on the sculpture for months, and on the 30th of April the lighthouse keeper was revealed and is now looking up the light of the old lighthouse in Harlingen.

Work in progress

Work in progress

I made my latest work in commission which was a wonderful adventure for me. I am very pleased with the result, but unfortunately I can not show you more just now because the sculpture will be revealed on the 30th of April.
The clay sculpture is hidden in a mould, and will be bronze cast very soon now by Bronsgieterij Flassh. I shall keep you informed.