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‘Overkant’ : Leerdam: 2023

In the suburb Broekgraaf in the city of Leerdam there is a bridge for bicyclists and pedestrians crossing the central canal. The sculpture for this place follows the centuries old tradition of adorned bridge abutments. At the hart of this sculpture is the ‘bridge-paradox’: where on the bridge does the side you were just on become the ‘other side’? Two facetted stainless steel spheres carry the words ‘over’ (other) & ‘kant’ (side). It is only from a vantage point on each side of the bridge that you can read word ‘over-kant’. From all other sides the two spheres are abstract shapes. As one crosses the bridge, the letters slot into place and it all ‘makes sense’, a demonstration that one’s standpoint detemines what one sees, and that is true for many more things than only spheres on bridges…

Maarten de Reus overkant
Maarten de Reus overkant

‘Overkant’ : Leerdam: 2023

In the suburb Broekgraaf in the city of Leerdam there is a bridge for bicyclists and pedestrians crossing the central canal. The sculpture for this place follows the centuries old tradition of adorned bridge abutments. At the hart of this sculpture is the ‘bridge-paradox’: where on the bridge does the side you were just on become the ‘other side’? Two facetted stainless steel spheres carry the words ‘over’ (other) & ‘kant’ (side). It is only from a vantage point on each side of the bridge that you can read word ‘over-kant’. From all other sides the two spheres are abstract shapes. As one crosses the bridge, the letters slot into place and it all ‘makes sense’, a demonstration that one’s standpoint detemines what one sees, and that is true for many more things than only spheres on bridges…