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February 16, 2018

And What Do You Do? …”I’m A Dragonfly Rider…”

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When we crossed this bridge on the way to the “Supertrees”, there was so much to look at that I barely registered that these sculptures were there.

On the way out however I saw them and instantly fell on love: After all, a whimsical set of sculptures where a breed of tiny folk ride on the back of dragonflies, waving their nets to catch… ? (I’m not sure what they might be catching, but let your imagination run wild).

My first split second thought was “Butterflies” but that’s not logical, if everything is to scale in this imaginary world then the butterflies would be as big as the dragonflies.

Maybe it’s a grain of pollen they are after, a sweet treat on their dinner menu?

These sculptures glisten in the tropical sun, which makes them harder to photograph than I first realised.

These are two works of art that I would dearly love to get closer to on a future trip, there are coloured pieces set into the wings of the dragonflies, they really capture the gossamer structure of the real insect.

These are fanciful and beautiful, and by far my favourite artwork in Singapore so far. There are several Information notes about Dragonfly Lake (where these pieces sit) which read:“Dragonfly Lake: The Dragonfly Lake plays an important role in supporting the ecosystem vital to the Gardens’ sustainability. Stroll along the 440-metre board walk and be transported to the world beneath the lake through the augmented reality binoculars” and “Dragonfly Bridge: the Dragonfly Bridge is a fantastic photographic spot, which offers panoramic views of the Gardens and connects into Bay South Garden from Bayfront MRT and Marina Bay Sands.”

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February 15, 2018

Money Doesn’t Grow On Trees, But Gold Does?

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We are getting ready to leave the “Gardens by the Bay” in Singapore. On the way out I notice some art that follows the “tree” theme, no doubt influenced by the massive structures of the “Supertrees” close by. The Gardens extend far beyond the small area we have visited in part of one afternoon so if you like nature and walking then this would be an excellent place to explore. We didn’t even get time to visit the two large indoor buildings, the “Cloud Forest” and the “Flower Dome”. We will have to leave that for another trip. The “trees” in this sculpture series appear to be part of a set, I counted three, but I think there may have been more. They were so far away that I needed maximum zoom to get a decent close up, and judging by the raised cameras of people close by, I was not the only one keen to get a photograph.

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February 6, 2018

Clouds Illusions, … Rock On.

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Family Kiwidutch have been visiting the Marina Bay Sands Hotel in Singapore. After a trip up to the Observation deck of the hotel we head back inside to take the “bridge” to the Gardens By The Bay. On the part of the bridge that is inside the hotel stand two large sculptures. The information plaque tells me that the artist is: Zhan Wang of Chinese nationality and the two pieces are made out of stainless steel. They are called “Artificial Rock No.86” (2002) and “Artificial Rock No.71” (2004). Okay, I have to confess that as soon as I saw them I was positive that they were clouds. It just goes to show how much I know about modern art… (which is not much it seems). I photographed them from different angles… Don’t tell the artist, but they still look more like clouds to me!

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January 7, 2018

A Quiet Spot To Light A Candle…

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Lastly, when leaving Baarle-Nassau / Baarle-Hertog for the last time, we come across what I first thought to be a Catholic Cemetery.

Instead it shows what appears to be the Stations of the Cross, each of the scenes in a small enclosed box to protected it from the elements.

An information board close by reads: “Kapel van Nijhoven” (Saint Salvator Chapel / St Salvadore of Nijhoven)
Nijhoven is a very old settlement. The name comes from “nieuwe hoven” which means “new farms”.

Excavations have shown that a wooden field chapel was here as early as the post-Carolingian monastery time. In the 14th century there was a stone field-chapel which burnt down in 1585.

In the 17th century the chapel was rebuilt as a cross-formed church which was of the same size as parish churches of that time. In 1648 Protestants tore down and destroyed the contents of the church.

Miraculously a large wooden crucifix was saved which is now in the Sint Remigius church of `Baarle-Hertog. In 1807 a large part of the church was demolished and in1926 the protestant community decided to demolish the entire building.

All of the architectural ornamental elements were used to restore the Reformed church on the market (in the town) of Ginneken. In 1930 the Catholics built the current chapel on the foundations of the previous “Priesterkoor“ (Kiwi’s note: sorry, I couldn’t translate this last word, the closest I could guess was “priest” “Choir” but I know for certain that that’s not correct).The architect is the Benedictine monk Van der Laan”.

A meditation garden surrounds the grotto, and as usual Himself and I lit candles for a friend of ours who is a Catholic nun. Even in the dead of winter this is a calm and serene place and we were pleased to have stopped here before our trip home and back to the rush and roar of family life.

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January 3, 2018

The Essence Of Simplicity…

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Close to the former “Stadhuis” (Town Hall) in Baarle-Hertog, I spied a fountain that kind of doubles as modern art. The fountain is the pure essence of simplicity, the texture is as smooth as possible and without extraneous detail. The water slips soundlessly over the edge, down the sides and into the stones below it. Of course as a detail fanatic and lover of all things old, antiquated, rusted and natural, this is as far from my comfort zone as it’s possible to get. Would I want to live with it? No. Can I appreciate it? Strangely, Yes. I suppose some will pass this by and fall instantly in love with it, that’s not me but for someone this fountain is absolutely perfect.

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

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December 31, 2017

Remembering Heroic Actions…

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The former school alongside the former Stathuis (Town Hall) in Baarle-Hertog  has the war memorial located on the outside of one of it’s walls.

This memorial commemorates also the actions of Miet Verhoven, Gerardus Gerritsen and Adriaan van Gestel who made the ultimate sacrifice in their efforts to help downed pilots back to safe territory.

This is a beautiful, poignant statue that gives a lasting memory to ordinary people caught up in horrific events far beyond their own making but who stood up, stepped out and showed amazing acts of bravery.

They make the ultimate sacrifice and deserve nothing less something beautiful to remember them by.

My only regret is that this statue is not located on the Main Street of Baarle where it could be even more appreciated.

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“Monument for those Executed

This monument is made in 1949  by L. van Der Meer in memory of the three inhabitants of Baarle who were executed on 10th September 1944 : Maria Verhoeven, Gerardus Gerritsen and Adriaan van Gestel.”

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December 19, 2017

Ulicoten: Never Forgetting Where You Came From…

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Finding ourselves in the tiny village of Ulicoten, close to Baarle Nassau / Baarle-Hertog in the south of the Netherlands, Himself and I suddenly pass by a statue on the side of the road.

Intrigued, I ask Himself to do a U-turn so that I can go back and take a closer look.

Duly done we discover that the statue is of a man seated sharpening a scythe and the information plaque at the base tells us;

“de Harende Boer” (The farmer sharpening his scythe) Brother Jan Boeren (born 07 Jan 1931-died 03 May 2007) was born in Ulicoten and was an assumptionist in a monastery in Boxtel. He worked as a missionary in Africa for many years.

He was also a good sculpter and he made many very expressive sculptures.

One of his major pieces and also his last design was this scullpture. With it he wished to express his gratitude an respect to the farming population from which he came.

He expressly said that he wished to give this statue to the community of Ulicoten. Unveiled on 14 july 2007 shortly after his death.” This is a wonderful piece of art and I like a lot that the sculptor had a true connection to not only this piece because he made it, but also the community in which it sits.

I suppose that it’s a classic case of never forgetting where you come from. no matter how far away you might be led from there during your lifetime. Some people never return to their roots, but few of us ever forget them.

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December 2, 2017

Chickens In The Park And Maybe A Rude Statue…

Close to the large brick building in yesterday’s post we come across a small park. Two things catch my attention right away; first the fact that there are chickens pecking away on the grass, and secondly, the statue there. Either I have an unusually dirty mind or is it that there is a phallic resemblance to this? This is the second statue/ piece of ornament in Baarle-Nassau / Baarle-Hertog to draw this resemblance, What is it with this town and phallic looking items? Or has modern art taken a strange new twist?

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November 25, 2017

Eighteenth Century Buildings And Internet Connections…

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Finding a building a few centuries old is far from difficult in The Netherlands, and when old and new buildings need to be connected it’s also not unusual for the connecting section to be of modern materials and style.

Old buildings are generally protected by special regulations, ones that stipulate that renovations and repairs must be done with period specific materials so for instance: walls are patched with the same type of mortar or as close to it, that the original builders would have used.

It’s therefore very much out of the ordinary to find and old building that had some extremely modern windows installed, which is what I found when I rounded the corner of the old building across the street from our hotel in Baarle-Nassau earlier this year.

Clearly this building is attached to the complex that consists of the new “Stadhuis” (Town Hall) but this is only visible from the rear. I have therefore stumbled upon the new Town Hall entrance, drawn here by curiosity to see the other end of the building I admired in yesterdays post. It’s hard to believe from looking at this end that it is even the same building. I was also drawn by the statue in front of the building, a modern piece, maybe not my style but interesting just the same.

Luckily it was so close I got photographs of it on different days, especially since my first photos in the rain were a tad dark. I tried to figure out what this statue might represent but found no obvious answer. Someone has added a little smiley face on one side of the piece, I thought it gave the idea of a happy little stingray, but again this piece could be any form that your imagination could fancy. Next to the new Town Hall entrance is an other new building, my guess is that it needed to be built because; putting new windows into an old building is one thing, trailing wires around it to hook up your internet was probably a step too far.

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October 21, 2017

Who Can Resist Stopping And Getting A Photo?

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Sorting out my archive photo files brings many older folders to light.

The Hague doesn’t have the many canals that makes Amsterdam the tourist draw, but that doesn’t mean it doesn’t have it’s share of beautiful buildings.

Architectural detail is a passion of mine, old buildings, decorative elements, and things of beauty in brick, stone, wood, wrought iron and the like.

I also like that in the Netherlands bikes come in all shapes, sizes and styles: these ones both sport wicker baskets on the front, but the one on the left is twice as big as the one on the right.

In fact I haven’t seen a basket that big before (or since) so I was delighted to have my camera in my backpack.

I also spotted a map shop that looked inviting but we were in town for an appointment so didn’t have time to go inside. I did get a few quick snaps of one of the stunning old maps on a stand outside though. It’s a detail fanatic’s dream. Then there is a door that has decorative grate work incorporated into it and two caved figures into the stone above it, Who can resist stopping and getting a photo? Not me that’s for sure.

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