Local Heart, Global Soul

March 25, 2015

Finding A Sand Box, But More Accurately A Sand Trunk…

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

Following yesterday’s archive post, I have moved outside from the indoor sand exhibition, to find not just bright sunlight but also an area packed with huge sand sculptures.

The images of famous people are often life-sized or near so and the detail goes way beyond what a camera can capture.

Sand sculpture artists have the added talent of knowing how light sets off their works, the shadow lines are often just as important as the actual sculpted ones.

Even a small movement by the viewer reveals depths and details that are truly beautiful.

The camera is unable to fully capture this aspect of the designs so if you ever have the opportunity to see a sand sculpture exhibition in person, I’d completely recommend it.

As in the previous photographs, the sculptures depict the Dutch Golden Age, and many famous historical figures are represented.

Having grown up in New Zealand with an Anglo Saxon slant on the history I was taught, I an not fully up to date with every single scene and figure here. I do however know quite a few of them: for instance, the large trunk at the end of this day’s photographic series is an important clue as to the figure nearby because Huge de Groot (1583 – 1645) famously hid in a wooden trunk.

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

From the website (link below) :“De Groot was one of the world’s greatest ever legal experts and many of his works are the foundation of the modern Western legal system. 

From 1610, a religious conflict emerged between the Remonstrants and counter-Remonstrants. Hugo de Groot allied himself with the Remonstrants, which led Stadholder Prince Maurits to sentence him to life imprisonment, first in The Hague and later in Loevestein castle. 

From time to time, guards would deliver large trunks full of books back and forth between De Groot and his family in Gorinchem.

But on 22 March 1621, Hugo managed to smuggle himself into the trunk, so that his unsuspecting guards carried him outside, where he fled to Paris. 

The story became legendary, and to this day a number of trunks are said to be the very one that Hugo de Groot used to escape in. One of those is in the Prinsenhof in Delft.”

I visited Loevestein Castle some five years ago and learned the story of Hugo de Groot then, so the sight of a large trunk was an instant give-away. I’ve added the links to posts from my castle visit Loevestein to the end of this post. I really enjoy seeing  history and art intermingled and to see that  the details from important events and influential people of the past  have been put on show in such a way that people of all generations can enjoy them in a fun and informative manner.

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

http://oudeennieuwekerkdelft.nl/new-church/famous-people/hugo-de-groot

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