The lost pearl (2015) Madeleine Berkhemer
On 9 October 2015 found the festive unveiling of The lost pearl place in Het Park, a play element made by artist Madeleine Berkhemer. The playground is part of the renovation of Het Park, which began in 2011 based on the original park design by the Zochers company and the wishes of the contemporary visitor. Berkhemer has inspired her design on the curvy lines of Zochers, 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 endings is a large shell of a freshwater mussel with a play fountain in it. You can crawl through some pearls and the entire chain is approximately 50 meters wide. The playground has been an initiative of the former borough Center, 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 together with children and residents.
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.