Deer on the giant (1998) Jeroen Melkert

Peter Buisman
About the artwork

A giant with a deer on his stomach lies in the grass near the Graskruis metro station. It is made of the Dolomite stone type and it weighs 3.000 kilos. The deer head was originally made of bronze but was stolen in 2008, after which artist Jeroen Melkert replaced it with a stone head. The image should evoke feelings of a fairy tale in children and people. The artist's inspiration came from a dream in which a deer looked at him quietly during a walk in the woods 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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