Sculpture park Beaufort
From the previous editions of Beaufort, a number of artworks have remained at their original locations or were found a new spot. These works are there for you to discover, by bike, on foot or by tram.
We have provided below a list, per municipality, of the artworks that make up the permanent sculpture park of Beaufort.
- De Haan - Wednuine
- De Panne
- Koksijde - Oostduinkerke
- Middelkerke - Westende
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Meanwhile, in 2018 we are already marking the sixth edition of Beaufort. All the current artworks can be seen on www.beaufort2018.be.
Artist: David Cerny
The artist made a group of sculptures titled Baby’s to mark the occasion of the nomination of Prague as cultural capital in 2000. Three ‘Babies’ from this group were part of Beaufort02 in 2006. The dolls, two of which are creeping on the façade while a third looks out over the see from the roof, are remarkable for their large heads and black bodies. They serve as ideal disturbers of public peace and order.
Location: Facade of the casino, Zeedijk 150, 8370 Blankenberge
Artist: Folkert de Jong
This monument represents the artist as harlequin, court jester, acrobat or actor: a theme that serves as a golden thread running throughout his work. The artist is a ‘fool’ whose role is to speak critically at a time when no one else dares do so. He alone has access to all layers of society, and is a guide who leads us through the chaos of human drama.
Location: Paravang, Havenstraat-Franchommelaan, 8370 Blankenberge
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Artist: Niek Kemps
In Niek Kemps’ great artworks, you can walk around and lose your way. There is something mysterious, puzzling and unfamiliar about them. This is also the case with Albedo, made originally for the Münsterland Sculpture Biennial. Despite the closed structure, the pavilion is inviting. It is both a labyrinth and a garden that invites you to look both at and through it. The work thus serves in a sense like a camera.
Location: to the west of the beach entrance at beach post 6, 8450 Bredene
Sagueando nuestra historia
Looting our history
Artist: Brigada Ramona Parra
This participatory project was made by a Chilean artists’ collective, together with young patients from the Zeepreventorium rehabilitation centre. In the tunnel connecting the centre to the beach, there is a wall painting representing figures and stories relating directly to Chilean history.
Location: Tunnel near the Zeepreventorium, Koninklijke Baan 5, 8420 De Haan
Open: The tunnel is accessible free of charge every day (including weekends) from the beach side between 9.00 and 17.00.
Groups of persons with limited mobility may put in a request to visit the tunnel via the main entrance of the Zeepreventorium (Koninklijke Baan). This is possible only on weekdays and must be requested by sending an email to email@example.com.
Eternity - Poseidon
Artist: Xu Zhen (produced by MadeIn Company)
This statue is based on the Artemisian Bronze, a Greek statue from 400 BC that represents either Poseidon or Zeus. Xu Zhen copied the sculpture and put pieces of Beijing Duck, a Chinese national symbol, on its arms,thus mixing elements that are at the root of Western and Eastern culture. He acknowledges that in real life there is a reluctance towards cultural exchange, but criticizes a fixed understanding of our own culture that is based on mythology. The fact that the statue might be either Poseidon or Zeus is just one example that shows that historical interpretations are not as fixed as we wish to believe.
Location: Beach promenade at Prinses Josephinelaan, De Haan
Boundaries of Intinity
Artist: Norbert Francis Attard
This work was made for Beaufort04 and was based on the Fibonacci numbers and the perfect forms of the Golden Section. Each element in the Fibonacci series is the sum of the two preceding elements, beginning with 0 and 1. This sequence often occurs in nature.
Location: Town hall, Zeelaan 21, 8660 De Panne
Artist: Gerhard Lentink
This sculpture, from the first edition of Beaufort, is meant to evoke the image of St Christopher, or Christophorus, the patron saint of travellers. The work is five times life-sized, with a torso that has been transformed into a seat. The work has been taken apart in order to be rebuilt and renovated, and at the latest in June 2018 it will once again stand in its full glory on the same spot.
Location: Corner of Dynastielaan and E. Verhaerenlaan, 8660 De Panne
Artist: Matt Mullican
During his first visit, this artist was fascinated by the coast tram and the physical characteristics of the tracks. These served as the inspiration for Twin Stations. During Beaufort03, the work could be seen at the Flemish transport company De Lijn’s tram depot in De Panne. After Beaufort03, the work was purchased by De Lijn and is still at its original location.
Location: Tram station depot, Loskaai 15, 8660 De Panne
De Drie Wijsneuzen van De Panne
Artist: Jos de Gruyter en Harald Thys
With their monolithic posture and stark gaze, the Drie Wijsneuzen (‘Three Wise Noses’) of De Panne tower over the coastline. They are part of a tradition of heroic-realistic monuments such as the Statue of Liberty in New York, the Cristo Redentor in Rio de Janeiro or the Colossus of Rhodes. These are statues that served originally as beacons or signposts and have now become tourist attractions in their own right. The ‘wise ones’ gaze over each other’s heads toward England, France and Belgium respectively. Their enigmatic knowledge extends presumably in the direction of those three regions, but reaches much further still.
Location: Beach at Canadezenplein, De Panne
Monument for Cervus Vitalis #2 (Malus Sylvestris)
Artist: Stief DeSmet
Monument for Cervus Vitalis #2 (Malus Sylvestris) is a bronze statue of a red deer. Stief DeSmet emphasizes the fracture lines between the different body parts. Some segments of the animal’s body have actually been removed. These elements emphasize that the statue is not a complete whole, but a phase of a process. The artwork offers resistance to the stark design of parks, where artificial boundaries are often drawn between nature and culture. The fragmented work seems to embody the contradiction underlying the human urge to dominate nature.
Location: Nature area Garzebekeveld, vijvers Markey, Vijverstraat in Adinkerke
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A fisherman’s friend
Artist: Peter Rogiers
The Belgian Peter Rogiers made statues in a style reminiscent of comic books. For Beaufort03, he made a capricious aluminium sculpture in Knokke. The figure seemed to be emerging dripping with muck from the dark water. The title, however, is a nod to the well-known throat lozenges.
Location: Sint-Michielspleintje, 8300 Knokke-Heist
Labyrinth And Pleasure Garden #23
Artist: Jan Vercruysse
This artist designs gardens, which he sees as works of art. The labyrinth is lined with 750 tall taxus shrubs, making it a ’place of stillness’. With its oblique perspective, the bodies of water and basins of bluestone, we feel as if we had wandered into a historic16th-century Italian garden in which a person can gradually lose him/herself.
Location: Ijzerpark, Knokke-Heist
Artist: Jean-François Fourtou
At the entry point of the city of Knokke-Heist, Jean-François Fourtou constructed a tower of beach cabins. The tower looks as if a storm has lifted the cabins up in the air and has thrown them around, after which they got stuck together in a formation by coincidence. Given his fascination for architecture, it is logical that Fourtou chose to work with beach cabins, the most typical architectural structure along the Belgian coast, which has a differently regulated size and shape in each coastal municipality. The sculpture gets the allure of a totem that embodies the whole coast.
Location: Maurice Lippensplein, Knokke-Heist
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Artists: Anne en Patrick Poirier
The French artist couple is fascinated by the past, by ruins and historic and archaeological sites. In 2003 they drew inspiration from the church of the Ten Duinen Abbey in Koksijde, or at least by what remains of the ruined complex and the museum situated a few kilometres further on. During Beaufort01, visitors could climb up high in the work, but for safety reasons it is no longer accessible.
Location: Prof. Blanchardlaan, on the seafront near ‘Ster Der Zee’, 8670 Koksijde-Oostduinkerke
Artist: Melita Couta
A faun is a mythological creature from ancient Greek mythology. In this work, The Wanderer, his mouth wide open, blows along with the wind and drinks in the rain.
Location: On the corner of the Westdiephelling, Albert I laan, 8670 Oostduinkerke
Really Shiny Things That Don’t Really Mean Anything
Artist: Ryan Gander
Gander's sculpture consists of a large ball composed of a multitude of shiny objects whose functions are unrecognizable. The artist doesn't give a fixed explanation regarding what the sculpture means, and realizes that a wide range of meanings will be created by the viewers. He welcomes these interpretations, which are ever-changing depending on context and audience, and sees them as a contribution to the work. According to Gander, it is part of the human condition to like shiny things, as people get mesmerized by their own reflection.
Location: Gemeenteplein, Zeelaan 303, Koksijde
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Artist: Wim Delvoye
The version that is now to be seen here is not the original that stood there in 2003 during Beaufort01. The original work was moved that same year to Ground Zero in New York. This version is considerably larger and more monumental, and it has no attributes next to it. The original version had a shovel with safety barriers as well as a (Gothic) pile of sand next to it. The current work has stood here since 2004. It is characterized by a strange tension caused by bringing together two worlds that no longer have anything in common with each other, namely, the modern era symbolized by the excavator, and the Middle Ages, evoked by the decorative patterns of a Gothic church.
Location: Seafront, between Louis Logierlaan and Octave Van Rysselbergheplein, 8430 Middelkerke
I can hear it
Artist: Ivars Drulle
I Can Hear It consists of two horns (similar to those on old gramophones) pointed towards the sea. On a bench in front of the horns sits a woman with her ear to the horn, listening. You can sit next to her and listen to the second horn. Several features of the installation (the woman’s clothing, the bolts on the horns, etc.) are in line with the Art Nouveau style of the location of the Hotel Belle Vue, from an era when the coast was still a prestigious recreational area.
Location: Beach, at the Hotel Belle Vue, Zeedijk 300, 8434 Westende
Artist: Nick Ervinck
This work was on display during Beaufort04, and in 2015 was purchased by the town of Middelkerke. The 8-metre tall installation is evocative of splashing waves. The sculpture is inspired by a natural dynamic, but at the same time is moved by the power of the virtual. The virtual form is not ‘freed’ from matter as if it were chopped or chiselled away, but is a productive principle in its own right.
Location: Beach, Zeedijk, near the Grand Hotel Bellevue and the Ocate van Rysselbergheplein, 8434 Westende-Bad
The Navigator Monument
Artist: Simon Dybbroe Møller
Since the dawn of the Internet our browsers have been anchored in the mythologies of early globalization and have taken names such as ‘Navigator’, ‘Explorer’ or later, ‘Safari’. This work is based on the logo of the discontinued search engine ‘Netscape Navigator’, which lost its web dominance to Microsoft Explorer in the late nineties. The sculpture is positioned against the backdrop of the natural spectacle of the North Sea, but out of sight a mesh of submarine communication cables, the physical make-up of the Internet, run along the seabed. How fitting that Westende, a municipality developed by the family of Paul Otlet, a prescient of the Internet, hosts this manifestation of an influential but short-lived Internet software application.
Location: Beach zone at the Kwinte, Koning Ridderdijk 100, Middelkerke
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Op zoek naar Utopia
Searching for Utopia
Artist: Jan Fabre
This gigantic sea turtle is one of the best-known works made for Beaufort. It dates back to the first edition. On the turtle’s back sits Fabre himself, enjoying a magnificent view from the seafront on to the beach and the sea.
Location: Summer 2018: square in front of Centrum Ysara.
Dienstweg Havengeul 14, Nieuwpoort
Le vent souffle où il veut
The wind blows where it pleases
Artist: Daniel Buren
For Beaufort03, Daniel Buren wanted to make a work that creates the illusion of a forest. In the place of trees he created a design of a hundred flagpoles flying windsocks of different colours.
Location: Koninklijke Yacht Club, Kromme Hoek, The other side of the promenade, 8620 Nieuwpoort
Artist: Nina Beier
Nina Beier’s work ‘Men’ takes from the sculptural tradition of public equestrian. Beier zooms in on the ebb and flow of power through the element of the horse as elevating display structure for different male characters. The artist collected several found sculptures and put them into formation at the edge of the sea. This allusion to an army absurdly draws lines across time and place, as the statues are being engulfed and uncovered in the tide.
Location: breakwater at the Lefebvrestraat, Nieuwpoort
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Im Gebiss Der Zeit
Between the Teeth of Time
Artist: Norbert Schwontkowki
In 2006, this artist produced two paintings for the church of Saints Peter and Paul in Ostend which he applied directly on the window glass in the porch. The paintings are plain and depict only a few figurative objects against an indistinct background. By painting on glass, the artist was playing around with the space and placed his work in relationship with the existing stained glass, designed by Michel Martens in 1950-1955.
Location: Sint-Petrus en Pauluskerk, Sint-Pietersstraat, 8400 Oostende
Ik, James Ensor
Artist: Daniel Spoerri
The artist built a copy of Ensor’s workshop that can be seen at the Ensor House in Ostend. The room was erected in bronze and rests stands on slanted pedestal which causes visitor nearly to lose their balance upon entering.
Location: The work was removed during the renovation of the seafront, so for the moment a new suitable location is being sought for this work.
Artist: Louis De Cordier
The remarkable aspect of this work is the distinctive shape of the sculpture, with which De Cordier refers to the mysterious shapes that Renaissance artists such as Leonardo Da Vinci used in their art. These mysterious shapes are related to the Golden Section, representing the perfect proportion. But De Cordier added yet another dimension to his work: Metatron symbolises the messenger of our intellectual existence.
Location: Raversyde provincial domain, Nieuwpoortsesteenweg 636, 8400 Mariakerke (Oostende)
Artist: Arne Quinze
The artist uses his sculptures to critique the increasing trend towards uniformity in the urban planning. His Rock Strangers add an assertive, colourful note to the grey, neutral surroundings.
Location: Seafront at the Zeeheldenplein, 8400 Oostende
(Forever free) three Graces
Artist: Michael Ray Charles
This work refers to the three graces, which symbolize beauty, charm and joy. The sculptures derive their form from the Ku Klux Klan. In 2006, this work was displayed in Zeebrugge, after which it was moved to Oostende.
Location: Maria-Hendrikapark, 8400 Oostende
Monument for a Wullok
Artist: Stief DeSmet
Every whelk (pronounced in West Flanders as ‘wullok’ rather than ‘wulk’) is fashioned with the secret logic of the sea: every part of the shell is in perfect proportion to every other part. Stief DeSmet tried to reproduce a whelk in line with its natural form. Knowing that he would fail in the endeavour, he made Monument for a Wullok a monument to the power of the sea and the secrets that it refuses to reveal. He allowed the salty sea air to conquer the bronze, which the artist forced, with visible seams and traces of the founding, to be modest in the face of a nature that will always be a superior ‘creator’.
Location: End of the western Strekdam, at the Zeeheldenplein, Oostende
Artist: Guillaume Bijl
A monument is generally the representation of a person, represented in a majestic and serious style, mounted on a pedestal that lends the entire work a certain sacral quality. Bijl replaces the person with a dog, a twist that, with the earnestness of the scene, casts a doubt in the mind of the viewer as to whether the work is truly a tribute. Bijl attempts, in his work, to explore the ‘archaeology of our society’. In a broader context, this work leads us to pause and think about the legitimacy of monuments. Statues in public space are always subject to the zeitgeist, and so-called heroic deeds can, in the course of time, come to be seen in quite a different light.
Location: Leopoldpark, Leopold II-laan, Oostende
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De man die de boot zag, in de lucht
The man who saw the boat in the air
Artist: Jean Bilquin
A canoe with human figures rests on 10-meter high trestles: the artist has reduced the figures to unidentifiable shadows! A bit further on stands a classical figure, mysteriously looking on. Jean Bilquin highly treasures classical beauty, and expresses that admiration subtly in this image: the entire composition is a powerful symbol of the journey of life with its high and low points that will befall all of us.
Location: Beach, at the end of the seafront near the Icarus surf club, 8380 Zeebrugge