Every summer, the Stichting Den Haag Sculptuur (The Hague Sculpture Foundation) posts a massive outdoor sculpture exhibition in the centre of Hague.
The primary location is always the same, a leafy broad avenue that is the Lange Voorhout.
This avenue is a mere few streets away from the Hofvijver (Court Pond) and the Binnenhof behind it, (Historic Parliament, which literally translates as ” the Inner Court”)
The Lange Voorhout is a sort of “L” shape.
Try to imagine an old fashioned smoking pipe laid with the bowl facing downwards, then you would have a better idea of the actual shape.
The long end of the “L” is very broad at one end but gently tapers to the other, the right angle of the “L” is actually a large Plein (Square) that stays more or less the same width it’s whole length.
I’ve taken a photo of a Google Earth Image on my computer to try and show you better how this area looks.
Since the only vehicle access through here consists of brick streets each side of the broad avenue of trees, this is not a major thoroughfare so makes an unusually large pedestrian space in the middle, ideal for showing large artworks.
Sometimes there are various groups of artists exhibiting a piece or two each, sometimes just one or two artists exhibiting many pieces.
In 2010, Spanish Sculptor Manolo Valdéz is the featured artist here.
He was born in Valencia, Spain on 8th March 1942, studied Fine Art in Valencia, received the National Fine Arts Prize of Spain in1984 and went to live in New York in 1990.
Amongst his achievements: He was chosen to represent Spain at the 48th edition of the Venice Biennale, had retrospective exhibition at the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao and has also exhibited in the garden of the Palais Royale in Paris and on Broadway Avenue in New York.
So.. we know a little about the artist… let’s walk and learn more about his work.