Thom Puckey: Thorbecke monument, 2017
Lange Voorhout / Tournooiveld, The Hague
Location: Lange Voorhout / Tournooiveld, Th Hague
Unveiling: Saturday 11 February 2017, 11.30 hrs
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Window display at Stroom (11 February - 14 April 2017 showing the creation process of the monument
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Dutch prime minister Mark Rutte and The Hague mayor Jozias van Aartsen were present at the unveiling of the monument for the 19th century statesman J.R. Thorbecke. The sculptor Thom Puckey created an intriguing ensemble with an almost cinematic look and feel. In his monument the 19th century meets the 21st century. The reflection of the ideas of Thorbecke in our time is palpable in his gaze towards the Dutch parliament buildings across the street. For his sculpture Thom Puckey used an unusual combination of materials: marble and stainless steel.
The Thorbecke monument is the result of a 2008 initiative of the City of The Hague to create a monument for Johan Rudolph Thorbecke, to compliment the existing statues of key Dutch politicians like Johan de Witt, Johan van Oldenbarnevelt and Willem Drees.
The model for the Thorbecke monument was first displayed in the exhibition Remembered Always... What is the colour of monuments in The Hague? in Atrium Den Haag, 2015.
Stroom Den Haag gave advice and supervised the project.
Johan Rudolph Thorbecke (1798-1872) lived and worked in The Hague for a considerable number of years. In 1848 he drafted the revision of the Constitution of the Netherlands, giving less power to the king, and more to the States General of the Netherlands. Other Thorbecke statues are to be found in Zwolle (his birthplace) and in Amsterdam.
More about Thorbecke on Wikipedia.
- 11 Feb '17