Step by Step
“Could you make a sculpture that is about my son?”
a friend asked me. “I want to give it to him as a present.”
Knowing his son, one thing was obvious to me: he has the
guts to do things his own way. In the poem Het uur u by
Martinus Nijhoff I found the inspiration for this progressing
But stranger, indeed, much stranger than that the street
was empty was the fact of the complete soundlessness,
and that the step of the man who had just rounded the
corner left the silence as it was, yes, and that his full trot
as he walked on created an ever deeper silence.
In the end every man goes alone, and this unicity of every
human being forms a beautiful theme. A special detail of
this figure, though as striking as simple, is the unexpected
foot-sole. Progressing alone, which in fact holds good for
every human being, gets a mystical significance.