The lost pearl (2015) Madeleine Berkhemer

photo Otto Snoek
About the artwork

On 9 October 2015 found the festive unveiling of The lost pearl place in Het Park, a play element created by artist Madeleine Berkhemer. The playground is part of the renovation of Het Park, which started in 2011 based on the original park design by the company Zochers and the wishes of today's visitor. Berkhemer has inspired her design on Zochers' curvy lines, on animals that occur in the park and on the imagination of children. In the grass lies a life-size broken pearl necklace of 67 pearls. At one of the ends is a large oyster shell containing a play fountain. You can crawl through some pearls and the entire necklace is about 50 meters wide. The playground was an initiative of the former borough of Centrum, which has made a budget available. The project was made possible in part by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF). Suardus Ebbinge, chairman of the Center area committee, revealed The lost pearl in 2015 together with children and residents.

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About the artist

Madeleine Berkhemer (Bergen op Zoom, 1973 - Rotterdam, 2019) was a visual artist and photographer. She made sculptures and installations in which sensuality and eroticism are a recurring theme. Berkhemer studied fashion at the Willem de Kooning Academy in Rotterdam from 1992 to 1996. Her work has been shown in galleries and exhibitions and she has collaborated with designers from the fashion world.

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