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‘Wheel’ : Waalwijk : 2017 

Right through the province of Brabant, a line can be seen. It’s straight as an arrow. It is a former railroad, made in the late 1800’s, to give local industry a boost by connecting this region to the port of Rotterdam. After years of decline, it recently became a scenic (albeit very straight) path for walking and biking. In 2015, I designed a large scale sculpture as a contribution to a scheme to liven up the route with works of art. The brief asked for a sculpture that would refer to the history of the path and the railroad it once had been.

Maarten de Reus - projects
Maarten de Reus - projects
‘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.