Jef Claerhout - Ode aan de vrouw
About the statue:
The whole, consisting of 9 women made of stainless steel, is conceived as a fountain. After a long search for an appropriate location to put the artwork, the bathing women, found their niche until recently in the Zegemeer, near the Cultural Centre Scharpoord. After servicing, the artwork will be anchored along the 'Nieuwstraat' in a location called the 'Wulpenhoek', at the rear of the project Duinenwater. The artwork was purchased in 1976.
About the Artist:
Sculptor. Grew up in a family of metalworkers. Autodidact. He designs figurative metal statues using different welding techniques. This “metal narrator” finds inspiration in his own fantasy, folklore, mythology, fairyland, animals, mostly birds and horses, but also plenty of women, ranging from Madonnas to witches.
He lived and worked in Austria and South-Africa. Plenty of his artwork has been put in public spaces, like his Papageno, Lena and Pegasus and the Paardenkoppen (Horses’ heads) in Bruges.
The most well-known statue of Jef Claerhout is without doubt Franciska Fincent. This woman from Knokke is better known by the name “Moeder Siska” (Mother Siska). Her statue is located at the entrance of Kinders Siska at the Oostkhoekplein.