‘Cage With No Puma In It’ : Apeldoorn : 2008
The brief for the competition was to create a landmark around the idea of ‘appearing and disappearing’. It made me think of Apeldoorn’s ‘big-cat sightings’ in 2005. At the time it was big news and even the army participated in the search for the elusive beast, although it would seem to have been no more than an urban-myth; a classic example of appearance and disappearance. Viewed from a distance the sculpture gives the impression of a puma inside a bulging cage. On climbing the hill, however, it becomes apparent that cage and animal are one and the same flowing form and the puma gradually vanishes into the intricate twists and contours of the steel mesh. In 2020 it was chosen as one of the 100 ‘key-works’ in the Dutch public realm.