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‘PondPebble’ : Zoetermeer 2023

In the centre of the city of Zoetermeer there is a very large pond, where one would expect a city’s square. The sculpture I proposed is about activating this watery square. Ponds are often brought to life by the ripple of a skipped stone or the splash of one thrown in. My sculpture seeks to capture this instant: a monumental nine-meter pebble hovering over the pond, barely touching the surface, like a frozen snapshot of a stone as it just skims the water; a moment suspended in time indefinitely. The water makes the giant pebble feel almost magical (on land it would just be a big boulder). And the stone animates the water’s surface (how can that thing be floating like that?) The sculpture is not accessible and can only be seen from afar. It sits quietly and majestically amidst the bustle of the city centre. To encourage interaction and spark playfulness, stone-filled baskets would be placed on the shores – a scale jump emerges: the stone you’re about to throw looks a similar size to the one on the pond…

‘PondPebble’ : Zoetermeer 2023

In the centre of the city of Zoetermeer there is a very large pond, where one would expect a city’s square. The sculpture I proposed is about activating this watery square. Ponds are often brought to life by the ripple of a skipped stone or the splash of one thrown in. My sculpture seeks to capture this instant: a monumental nine-meter pebble hovering over the pond, barely touching the surface, like a frozen snapshot of a stone as it just skims the water; a moment suspended in time indefinitely. The water makes the giant pebble feel almost magical (on land it would just be a big boulder). And the stone animates the water’s surface (how can that thing be floating like that?) The sculpture is not accessible and can only be seen from afar. It sits quietly and majestically amidst the bustle of the city centre. To encourage interaction and spark playfulness, stone-filled baskets would be placed on the shores – a scale jump emerges: the stone you’re about to throw looks a similar size to the one on the pond…