The lions of Workum

“My proposal is to ‘liberate’ the heraldic lions on the façade of the Waaggebouw (weigh house) in Workum of their ancient duty as bearers of Workum’s coat of arms. We feel for these centuries-old, relatively naive-style animals, but their theatrical pose also makes us laugh. By setting the lions on the ground and making them larger than life, they assume the lead role at the fountain for Workum.

The lions stand some distance from each other with an empty space in…

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The lions of Workum

“My proposal is to ‘liberate’ the heraldic lions on the façade of the Waaggebouw (weigh house) in Workum of their ancient duty as bearers of Workum’s coat of arms. We feel for these centuries-old, relatively naive-style animals, but their theatrical pose also makes us laugh. By setting the lions on the ground and making them larger than life, they assume the lead role at the fountain for Workum.

The lions stand some distance from each other with an empty space in between. Their task now is to use their claws to spray water at each other and, as proud ringmasters ('Look at Workum!'), to bear between their outstretched paws the living reality of the city instead of a symbolic coat of arms. The space that was previously occupied by heraldic symbolism now provides a gateway to real life.

The lions’ silly pose, with one paw on the ground and the other in the air, invites comic interaction while taking into account the teasing jets of water. This makes the space between the two statues an active area in which to tread carefully, at least if you don’t want to get wet. The lions are carved out of Accoya wood by a local artist and realized in cooperation with three Workum companies. They look like double-sided figures whose back is the same as the front.”

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  • daily until December 31st, 2018from 00:00 to 23:00

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