The lapwing of Sloten

“You can feel the proximity of the inhabitants in Sloten: wash that hangs to dry, benches in front of a house, gardening tools in the yard. The Lapwing fountain tells the story of children who grow up in such a tight-knit community and are familiar with the traditions and customs. The girl on the boy’s shoulders, holding a lapwing in her hand: a bird which traditionally is part of Friesland.

But the Lapwing fountain also has a universal message. The haphazar…

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The lapwing of Sloten

“You can feel the proximity of the inhabitants in Sloten: wash that hangs to dry, benches in front of a house, gardening tools in the yard. The Lapwing fountain tells the story of children who grow up in such a tight-knit community and are familiar with the traditions and customs. The girl on the boy’s shoulders, holding a lapwing in her hand: a bird which traditionally is part of Friesland.

But the Lapwing fountain also has a universal message. The haphazardly stacked buckets, jerrycans and basins under the boy’s feet are the basis of the fountain and are utensils that you will find anywhere in the world. They point to something we have an abundance of in our society but which cannot be taken for granted elsewhere in the world: water. Water is the source of all life.

The water flows continuously in and out of the containers, as if the flow never dries up. The children have climbed the containers to free the lapwing from an old Frisian tradition: collecting the lapwing’s eggs in the spring. The lapwing has become an endangered species of bird as a result of the rapidly growing, intensive agricultural techniques. The lapwing carries a golden key in its beak: the symbol of Sloten and its close community.”

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Koestraat 1
8556 Sloten
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Opening hours

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

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  • Free

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