wood, ceramic, acrylic paint and neon, 130 x 285 x 50 cm.
In the front
yard of the asylum centre in Apeldoorn I placed a sculpture in the
shape of a Dutch gate. The object is painted with Delft blue souvenir
designs. The ceramic figures are greeting the passer-by with a kiss.
Above the passage the word 'gastvrij' in neon. The literal translation
for this Dutch word is 'guest free', in English it means 'hospitable'.
The letters light up in three phases. First the word GAST, then
the word VRIJ and after that the complete word GASTVRIJ. Location,
object, text and the residents in the house, give the word a double
meaning. In the house are the asylum seekers desperately waiting
for a residence permit.