specialised as a craftsman in stonecutting, in a very personal and distinctive version of abstract modernism, with strong architectural features; also casting in bronze and other materials. Recently his focus moved to rough wood, worked with colorfull paint in lively shapes
In the Netherlands we have a State’s Architect, who has considerable power in
national building policy, selection of architects for large projects, and the
application of sculpture in public space.
At the end of the fifties of the last century a new state’s architect was installed, and one of his first acts was the unveiling of the then youngest monument for
the victims of the second world war. Numerous older ones were already present everywhere, all in a realistic, figurative, often symbolic and heroic
style. The most memorable statement in the speech of the new state's architect,
whose name, for that matter, never reached public memory, was: This is the very last figurative statue made on assignment of our government.
And so it happened that a whole generation of respected figurative sculptors
lost a steady income and status, in favor of the young abstract modernists,
whose geometric, minimalistic and deconstructive creations have dominated many road junctions and city parks of our country since. Only in the last 10 years the old sculptors who survived
have seen their work revaluated and got succesfull retrospectives. And in public
space gradually new figuration appeared, now mainly surrealistic and
absurdistic. Realism has regained power. How long will it last this time? And who will be the next state's architect to enforce it?