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Monument Tongern

Tongres Monument

2000 years town of Tongeren (Belgium)
Raf Verjans
1985

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Description

Translation of the description from the artist's website:

The monument consists of two concrete blocks of 3 x 2,35x 0.6m; weight: 16 tonnes; they are arranged opposite each other, make each other's positive and negative.
One element grew out of the other. ... This interaction is endless.

In the performance of the relief part the human figure is important: displayed patchy and livesize this is a great symbolic expression of come and go ... a timeless happening.

Man as a messenger, pilgrim, the eternal affirmation of life, movement, change,
...and metaphor of an evolutionary process.
Obtained by molding a live model of one man and one woman, the whole composition is modeled in clay and in actual size - then cast in polyester - rebuilt to a production mold and made of concrete.
The female figure makes a rotary movement around its own axis and in longitudinal direction of the block. Meaning in motion. The male figure, however, apparently has a different kind of dynamics.

The entire production was done deliberately in public. At each 'ontmalling' or loose-operation, the carillon of the basilica was alternately played by Raf Verjans and carillonneur J. Lenaerts.

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The original monument is placed in Tongeren in 1985, copied are erected in ten Roman sister cities: Nijmegen, Maastricht, Heerlen (1985-1986), Cologne, Trier (1987), Tournai, Arlon (1986), Metz, Bavay (1987), and Rome (1991).

Inscription(s)

TONGEREN 2000
1985
roma arlon tournai
bavay metz heerlen
maastricht nijmegen
köln trier

Signature

Verjans Raf 1985

Annotation

The original monument is placed in Tongeren in 1985, copied are erected in ten Roman sister cities: Nijmegen, Maastricht, Heerlen (1985-1986), Cologne, Trier (1987), Tournai, Arlon (1986), Metz, Bavay (1987), and Rome (1991).

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Location (N 50°56'27" - E 6°56'52")

Item Code: denw527; Photograph: 14 May 2016
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