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July 15, 2017

A Sad Meaning To “Packing Light”…

Filed under: ART,Flevoland,PHOTOGRAPHY,Schokland,Statues / Sculpture,THE NETHERLANDS — kiwidutch @ 1:00 am
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Outside the little church on the ex-island of Schokland stands a small statue of a couple and their children. Called: “De ontruiming van Schokland 1859” (the evacuation of Schokland 1859) it is by Piet Brouwer and is dated 1994.

An information board nearby has a poem and text by T. de Vries and reads:”The evacuation of Schokland 1859.”
“Schokkers, attached to their soil, born and bred there, they were told to leave and loose their land.A very big and heavy step to take, whatever advice they received, it all seemed bad, and their fight was lost and all of their attempts futile. See this young family here with their few worldly goods, forced to leave because of want (want of livelihood/ poverty), the woman who supports her husband in leaving and the man carrying the anchor on his neck

Standing on a plain colourless concrete plinth this small statue looks out to where the sea once raged but where grasses now bend in the breeze.The sculpture depicts the woman holding a baby, the man carrying the anchor, a toddler standing at their feet next to a small chest containing all of their worldly goods. It give new and sad meaning to “packing light”.

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

Wikipedia (partial English translation of Dutch Wiki site)/ Schokland /Flevaland / The Netherlands.

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