The flowers of IJlst

“On my visit to IJlst, I was struck by just how much the history and culture of the residents are connected to the water and nature. The gradual emergence of the city from the water and the importance of the manor house fascinated me in particular.

It all fell into place for me when I learned of the existence of the old, wild stinzen plants. What fascinates me beyond measure as an artist is that culture is something that rests on a large foundation that does not disappear, but which is built upon by new generations. Just like how the city of IJlst originated and how it also works in nature.

The beautiful old stinzen p…

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The flowers of IJlst

“On my visit to IJlst, I was struck by just how much the history and culture of the residents are connected to the water and nature. The gradual emergence of the city from the water and the importance of the manor house fascinated me in particular.

It all fell into place for me when I learned of the existence of the old, wild stinzen plants. What fascinates me beyond measure as an artist is that culture is something that rests on a large foundation that does not disappear, but which is built upon by new generations. Just like how the city of IJlst originated and how it also works in nature.

The beautiful old stinzen plants are signs of that invisible underlay and of the human role in that development. I used that combination of nature, culture and humanity as the basis of IJlst’s fountain and associated it with an old style of Japanese flower arranging art called ‘Tachibana”. In this way, flowers are a symbol of the union between man and nature.

The flowers of the Rikka fountain are made of stainless steel and have two different forms. Some of them are cut from steel and beautifully coloured. Others have been sandblasted on shining silvery, polished steel, reminiscent of blades on ice skates. They catch the light and reflect the colours of the three dimensional flowers. This bouquet of flowers, colours and light rests on a vase-shaped base with a surface of water. The water is constantly moving and ripples, bubbles, sprays and plunges down into a large water basin. Lovely benches surround it. The fountain is illuminated in the evening.”

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De Dassenboarch 1
8651 CB IJlst
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  • daily until December 31st, 2018from 00:00 to 23:00

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