Deer on the giant (1998) Jeroen Melkert

photo Peter Buisman
About the artwork

In the grass near Graskruis metro station lies a giant with a deer on his stomach. It is made of the stone type Dolomite and it weighs 3.000 kilos. The head of the deer was originally made of bronze but was stolen in 2008, after which artist Jeroen Melkert replaced it with a stone cup. The image should evoke feelings of a fairytale in children and people. The artist's inspiration came from a dream in which a deer calmly looked at him during a forest walk and walked away without being shocked. Melkert was so moved by this that he dreamed again about a giant who was sleeping in the forest with a deer on his stomach. Melkert was commissioned to make the sculpture Deer on the giant from the Orthopedagogical Center Maasstad (now Stichting Pameijer).

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About the artist

In the eighties Jeroen Melkert (Amersfoort, 1963) studied at the art academy in Arnhem. He became interested in performances, sculpture and combinations between them. Thanks to a grant from the BKVB Fund, he started developing large sculptures from the XNUMXs. His work has been shown in a number of exhibitions in Arnhem, now he has a studio in France.

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