Local Heart, Global Soul

May 31, 2017

Throwing Your Children To The Wolves? …He Says He Would.

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

This next Sand Sculpture if for me one of the most contentious of all of the pieces.

Along with Rien Poortvliet’s views on hunting, I was left with my mouth hanging open in disbelief at his next quote.

The piece is called:  De arreslee, “The house drawn sleigh” (with the meaning for either a sleigh mounted on wheels or with equipped with skids for snow.)

Peer and Pol (the Shetland ponies) were usually put before a cart. but one day Rien decided that he had to have a sleigh.

He envisaged the following: while we speed across the snowy fields of De Stompert  (name  of and area ), being chased by howling wolves (and with that he makes the howling sound himself) my darling wife throws our kids one by one,  out of the slay in the hope to keep the wolves at bay“.

Wait… this isn’t his childhood, this is Poortvliet speaking as an adult! I checked with Himself to see if I read this correctly, and sadly I have: imagining that he was chased by wolves, he would throw his children to the wolves to save himself and his wife.

I am speechless. I would sacrifice myself in a heartbeat for my kids, Himself too, we would both do everything in our power to save our children.

Himself tells me that Poortvliet may have been a gifted illustrator but he wasn’t known or being a very nice human being, so for him, this quote came as no surprise. I assuming that my husband heard something about this as a child from his parents, so whatever was public knowledge at the time Rien made this statement I don’t know.

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

Dutch Artist / Rien Poortvliet / Gnomes
Garderen Sand Sculpture Festival

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