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The cloud of Franeker

“During my first visit to Franeker I was struck by the unique, medieval style and human scale of the city. I discovered that Franeker has welcomed many distinguished scholars as a university city and that it’s the birthplace of Jan Hendrik Oort, one of the most important astronomers of the 20th century.

My design is an homage to the 'cloud' that was described by Oort and which bears his name. I wanted to give the fountain the scale of the beautiful fountains of youth and immortality that graced the central squares of cities, towns and villages in the middle ages.

The Oort fountain was designed as a s…

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The cloud of Franeker

“During my first visit to Franeker I was struck by the unique, medieval style and human scale of the city. I discovered that Franeker has welcomed many distinguished scholars as a university city and that it’s the birthplace of Jan Hendrik Oort, one of the most important astronomers of the 20th century.

My design is an homage to the 'cloud' that was described by Oort and which bears his name. I wanted to give the fountain the scale of the beautiful fountains of youth and immortality that graced the central squares of cities, towns and villages in the middle ages.

The Oort fountain was designed as a series of waterfalls that flow from a large basin along a vertical chain of night-coloured pearls. Two large beads stand out: one in silver, the colour of the moon, the other in gold, the colour of the sun. The Oort cloud takes shape as a spray of very fine droplets that fall into the basin from a wire meshwork of golden tubes around ‘the sun’.

This delicate art work is in a small city park at the foot of the Martinikerk church. Surrounded by benches, it becomes a meeting place where time doesn’t exist, in the midst of unique flowers that refer to the stinzen plants in the Martenatuin garden.”

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Breedeplaats 1
8801 LZ Franeker
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  • daily until December 31st, 2018from 00:00 to 23:00

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  • Free

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