Van Gogh memorial unveiled

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19 March 2007, AMSTERDAM – The sculpture entitled "The Scream" was unveiled in the Oosterpark in Amsterdam on Sunday afternoon in memory of murdered filmmaker Theo van Gogh.

19 March 2007

AMSTERDAM – The sculpture entitled "The Scream" was unveiled in the Oosterpark in Amsterdam on Sunday afternoon in memory of murdered filmmaker Theo van Gogh.

Family members of Van Gogh as well as Amsterdam Mayor Job Cohen and Oost-Watergraafsmeer city district chairman Martin Verbeet attended the ceremony.

The sculpture from artist Jeroen Henneman depicts the freedom of expression and how Van Gogh was silenced. One side of the 4.5 m high stainless steel sculpture shows a screaming face, the other a closed mouth. Van Gogh was killed on the Linnaeusstraat, a stone's throw from the Oosterpark, by an extremist Muslim on 2 November 2004.

Henneman, the artist, saw the unveiling mainly as "an end to all the red tape. Not much else." The unveiling was delayed by six months because of an error in the application for the building permit. Last week an Oosterpark resident went to court to try and to prevent the placing of the statue.

The artist hopes that the sculpture is a fitting reminder of the moment of the murder. "In memory of Theo van Gogh, who cries out for mercy."

A group of Theo van Gogh's friends are working on a plan for a second artwork to commemorate the filmmaker. The artwork will be based on an idea submitted by the public and designed by artist Arnold Bakker. It will be a cylindrical transformer kiosk that will contain small cactuses behind glass which will be available for purchase for 2 euros, modelled on the "automat" snackbars where snacks can be purchased from behind small glass doors.

The transformer kiosk, entitled "Een Prettig Gesprek" (A pleasant talk), is a reference to Van Gogh's television interviews, at the end of which he always gave the interviewer a cactus.

[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2007]

Subject: Dutch news

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