Large Red Statue for Hengelo

Placement of the sculpture in Hengelo.

All that remains now is to adjust the planting and paving around the statue. The location is completely in order in the spring.

The way to realization of the large red statue

Hengelo residents: Hengelo is a wonderful city in which to live, work and live. And Hengelo people are hard workers. Always has been. And now they are working together on something very beautiful: a renewed city center that looks to the future with confidence. A cozy and compact city center that welcomes visitors with open arms. With this image, the artist really wants to contribute to what makes Hengelo so unique: lively, skilled and resourceful and a place with personal attention. Red, big, cheerful and open The large red statue (7 to 8 meters) has a cheerful and open character, it is interesting to look at from all sides. Rising high and almost beckoning, it welcomes people who go to the center or want to stay in the park for a while. The formal language refers to the power of Hengelo and the Lambertus Basilica: that is why the sculpture is made up of architectural curves and the window arches of the basilica, combined with figurative shapes and industrial elements. The figurative shapes make it accessible and give it a personal touch. How the sculpture was made with its welds and curves is reminiscent of the time when Hengelo had and still has many skilled craftsmen. The statue fits organically into its surroundings: you can walk through it, it forms a unity with the surrounding greenery and it fits well with the contours and size of the basilica. All forms merge dynamically and reinforce each other. In sunny weather, constantly changing shadows are created on the surfaces, which creates a beautiful play of light. The sculpture was realized end 2023. Only the landscaping has to be done yet.


More than 65 years ago, production of the Daffodil, the cart with the clever gear lever, started at the DAF factory on the Geldropseweg in Eindhoven. People were needed to actually make these cars and so houses were built near the factory and were given the name of the Burghplan district. Now 65 years later, the S.B.O.B., the neighborhood association, has started an initiative to crown this anniversary with a work of art. I was instructed to come up with something for this and also to help determine the location. I soon decided to actually use the famous Dafjes as a starting point. These typical cars combined with the shape of the bridges over the nearby Jan van Eyckgracht are the basis for the artwork. In March, work will start at the location on Sint Petrus Canisiuslaan Eindhoven for the Beppino Sarto primary school by installing two steel frames with dimensions of 3 x 5 meters. Shotcrete is applied over this and then painted in the colors of a daffodil.

The statue on St Petrus Canisiuslaan Eindhoven will be unveiled on May 26, 2024 by Mayor Jeroen Dijsselbloem.