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1943 Born in Dordrecht, Holland 1953 His family emigrates and lives in Southern California 1956 Lives in Dordrecht for six months, and returns to America 1962 Moves to Zwijndrecht, on the riverside across from Dordrecht 1963 Back to Long Beach California and Studies art (ceramics) and Language (Russian) at California State University at Long Beach 1965 Meets the Dutch environmental sculptor Joop Beljon during a sculpture symposium on the campus in Long Beach. Returns to Holland at the end of the year 1966 Studies for a teaching degree in art at the Tilburg School of Art 1967 Makes first work composed of different units, calculating their proportions to have the same volume 1968 Receives his first commission for a large bronze work, discoid form 1969 Graduates and enters the last year of sculpture class at the Rotterdam Art Academy 1969 First one man exhibition of sculpture in the office of Dicke Architects in Dordrecht 1969 Teaches at a secondary school in Zwijndrecht for two years 1969 Receives his first commission for an environmental land art project, garden and fountain, for the DSW plant in Dordrecht 1970 Graduates and receives the Rotterdam Art Foundation Threshold Prize 1970 Meets Henry Moore and his wife Irina for the first time in Forte Dei Marmi, Italy 1971 Start of membership of various organizations and government committees 1971 Visits Irina and Henry Moore at their summer house in Forte Dei Marmi 1972 became a member of the board of the Dutch Sculptors'Association 1972 First work, perpendicular cylinders 2, in which he uses a transitional stage as the final work 1972 Makes lines on the surface of curved glass planes in order to create spatial linear forms 1973 Receives a grant from the Arie Scheffer Foundation 1973 Works in Plexiglas with Vera Röhm in Darmstadt, Germany 1974 Works in marble in Querceta, Italy, at Henraux, where he is introduced by Henry Moore 1976 Makes first works without a closed interior, having open curved planes, called the planes, junction series 1977 Is professor of sculpture at the Rietveld Art Academy in Amsterdam for two years 1978 Participates in the Tenth Sculpture Conference in Toronto, Canada 1979 Secretary of the Dutch Sculptors' Association for five years 1979 Marries Lidwien Kuster 1981 Professor of sculpture at the Royal Academy of Art in Den Haag for two years 1981 Meets the glass artist Andries Copier in Delft 1981 Member an later chairman of the Stipend Committee for Artists and Architects of the Dutch Ministry of Culture for three years 1982 Designs and builds his studio after four years of preparation 1982 Together with Jan Jelle Stroosma he visits Truus Schröder-Schröder in the house that she and Gerrit Rietveld built 1983 Corresponds with Charles Biederman 1983 Joost Baljeu visits his studio for the first time 1983 Chairman of the East West Forum, a sculpture symposium with Japanese and Dutch artists participating in Dordrecht, The Netherlands 1983 Meets Queen Beatrix formally at the opening of the East West Forum in Dordrecht Holland 1984 President of the Dutch Sculptors' Association for two years 1984 rijksgecommiteerde (second examiner) Royal Art Academy of Art, The Hague NL 1984 Designs a bridge in Dirksland, Holland 1985 member (treasurer) of the board of the Janjelle Stroosma Stichting (Foundation) Dordrecht NL 1985 Travels to Medellin, Colombia to meet and pick up the two adopted daughters Carmen and Julia 1986 Princess Juliana unveils his Durrer monument, primum movens ultimum moriens in Amsterdam. Meets the Princess and Prince Bernhard 1986 First meeting with Donald Judd in Mönchengladbach; a year later in Eindhoven 1987 Start of yearly work in Finish Lapland, above the polar circle, working in wood again 1987 Corresponds with and visits Annie Oud, the widow of J.J. P. Oud, several years until her death 1988 Together with Wim Smits he visits Donald Judd in Eichholteren, Switzerland 1989 Meets with Charles Biederman, in the car driving from a conference in Vlissingen to Dordrecht Holland 1990 Divorces 1990 Constructs his stainless steel work Opening the Arctic Circle in Kemijörvi, Finnish Lapland 1990 Executes photographic light sculpture aurora borealis on the Pyhö Tunturi in Finland 1990 Six Dutch sculptors: van Bennekum, Glandorf, Goerres, van Loo, Schole and Wubben write a letter to Kemijörvi attempting to discredit him, purportedly as board members of Dutch Sculptors' Association. A year later the problem was resolved with the board itself 1992 Marries Marjo Heikkinen, in Kemijörvi 1992 Is secretary of the Dutch Sculptors' Association for a second time 1992 Birth of Oskar in Turku Finland 1993 Birth of Vincent in Zwijndrecht Holland 1993 Takes the initiative to develop a sculpture park along the river banks near Zwijndrecht 1994 Participates in a panel discussion Konkrete Kunst und öffentlicher Raum, Haus Dacheröden in Erfurt 1994 Is asked to submit a design for a park on the Suvantoranta in Kajaani, Finland 1994 Conducts a workshop ORANJE LANDSCHAP on landscape design, studying the river Wien in Vienna Austria 1995 the Landscape & Art Network visits land art projects of Lucien den Arend in South Holland 1996 Realizes the Drecht Riverbanks Sculpture Park which is opened on June the 5th by Queen Beatrix 1996 Birth of Vera in Zwijndrecht, Holland 1997 Visits Bulgaria in preparations of an exchange between Bulgarian and Dutch art 1997 organizes the first biennial in the sculpture park Outside In, Finnish Contemporary art 1997 develops his own domain on internet presenting the site selected art with professional artists from around the world 1998 coordinates an exchange between Dutch and Bulgarian artists - SEA North Sea Black Sea; the first exhibition being in Varna Bulgaria 1999 coordinates the second exhibition, SEA (Black Sea North Sea), which is preceded by a symposium in the Open Air Museum OPAM which is opened by His Majesty King Simeon II of Bulgaria and Her Majesty Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands 1999 receives the Bulgarian decoration in the 1st class Order of The Knight of Madara 1999 has two one-man shows in Helsinki and Lahti, Finland 2000 leaves the Dutch Sculptors' Association 2000 Victory is removed by the populist Mayor Vreeman of the Dutch town of Zaanstad 2000 participates in Struktur und Form in der Musik von Johann Sebastian Bach (Structure and form in the music of Johann Sebastian Bach) in Erfurt Germany 2000 lecture - Die Erkundigung der Grenzbereiche zwischen Landschaftsarchitektur und bildende Kunst - at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Zürich (ETH), of Zürich Switzerland - other lecturers were Vito Acconci, Magdalena Jetelova, Dani Karavan, Andy Goldsworthy, Bernard Lassus, Peter Latz, Franco Zagari - view the invitation (pdf file) 2003 moves with his family permanently to Penttilö in Kangasniemi Finland 2003 second prize - MUOTIALA, Tampere, environmental art competition 2004 accepted as a member of the Suomen Kuvanveistöjöliitto (Association of Finnish Sculptors) 2005 cultural ambassador for Unesco - IHE Institute for Water Education ... and water became art 2006 AIESM manager for Finland 2006 permanently installs his large works on the grounds of Penttilö in Kangasniemi Finland - establishes Penttilö Open Air Museum 2006 travels to Denver USA on invitation by the city and county of Denver to make a proposal for the Justice Center Campus 2006 travels to California and visits the Watts Towers, for which he is maintaining a website - and visits the Giant Sequoias in Sequoia National Park Lives and works in Kangasniemi and Kemijörvi, Finland and Zwijndrecht, Holland

school murders in Finland – Kauhajoki

Finland seems to be a country where people put too much trust in their own citizens. I believe that most people were assured after the murders at the Jokela School, that murders like that would not happen again in their country.

But as long as there is the possibility for school kids to own guns legally, there is always the chance that some deranged person will use his weapon to become “famous”. And I used the word famous because there is no other explanation for such stupid primitive acts after they have been forecast on the internet.

There can be many causes; and some of them, I am sure, can be nipped in the bud; measures can be taken on all levels to highly improve the civilization of a people.

  • prohibit ownership of weapons by private citizens,
  • parental responsibility should go much further than leaving one’s children to forge for their own while both parents are off to work,
  • computer games have age limits which don’t seem to awaken parents. Maybe they don’t read English, or don’t understand what 18+ means. I have seen 12 year old school kids getting the most horrible games from their parents who probably do not understand the brainwashing terms being spoken during the virtual killing spree’s of their children: a masculine voice encouraging the young player by exclaiming “rampage!” every few minutes. The parents whom I know of my children’s friends don’t seem to care at all. Fifteen year old school friends are a member of gun clubs and have their weapons at home. They shoot them in their back yards (which in Finland is usually the forest),
  • the Finnish government only cares about the control of liquor, which is only sold in state owned stores. Weapons can be bought in private shops. With alcohol one can not murder in cold blood.

I ask myself

  • whether it is safe to send my children to school as long as the government exchanges its discussion about the prices they charge for alcohol for a fundamental discussion about the abolishment of privately owned weapons,
  • whether, during this discussion, kids who own weapons should be banned from schools,
  • whether parents should start to realize that at least one of them should be home for the children, when they are brought home from school in the state-paid taxi,
  • whether parents should be instructed to pay attention to what their children are doing on the internet.

the modern middle ages

rowing in Lapland

When we are on our island in Lapland,  our rowboat is our means of transportation.

Finland, the land of the modern middle ages. We live in the midst of forests – surrounded by lakes – no neighbors to be seen or heard. Nor can they see or hear us. Isn’t that wonderful!

But still – yesterday we hear two muffled bangs coming from one of the old barns which are still standing, abandoned, in the surrounding woods. Today the school-taxi driver (they hear everything) told my wife, Marjo, that hunting neighbors were after a fox which had eaten their livestock (fowl actually – and to be more precise, their chickens). We did hear our Australian Cattle Dog barking; but he often barks away wild animals from “our” forest. Once he caught, or rather herded, a dear into our dog pen, which was open that day. But back to the old barn – it seems that the fox had fled into the barn. Our dog seemed to have been after it. The hunters saw that, since they were searching the fox, went into the barn where both men fired at the fox and terminated the unfortunate animal. But then – our two new kittens are a little safer again – until spring that is; then the bears will wake up.

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