Gery Bouw wins competition "Our image of the King"

' s-Hertogenbosch , September 17, 2013

The artist Gery Bouw won with her glass design the "Our image of the King" competition. So Bouw has been given the task to realize her effigy of King Willem-Alexander. The glass object gets a place in the Council Room in the Provincial Government building. "Transparence, contemporary and innovative." said the jury.

The winning design by Gery Bouw consists of two glass layers with complementary images of King Willem-Alexander. Bouw combines old sandblasting technique on glass with a contemporary technique of controllable LED lighting. "I want to create a contemporary, dynamic portrait of the king. A dynamic monarch who's coming from an old tradition, but also a contemporary king who thinks and lives with the values and standards of the times" says Bouw. The jury characterizes the winning design as a tough combination of craftsmanship and new technology. "Brabant looks to the future. This design fits. It combines the old and the new in one picture, in a transparent way." according to King's Commissioner and jury president Wim van de Donk.

Royal monitoring

The Council Room in the Provincial Government building House is the place where politicians Provinciale Staten take their decisions. This is done under the watchful eye of the Royal house of Orange, from William the Silent to King William III (paintings), Princess Wilhelmina (statue), Princess Juliana (painting) and Princess Beatrix (bust). An effigy of the inaugural King Willem - Alexander cannot be missed. Therefore Provinciale Staten launched the competition "our image of the King. Three Brabant artists, namely Gery Bouw, Eveline van de Griend and Jos Willems worked this summer on a sketch design of a portrait of the king. In addition to the Kings's commissioner, the jury consisted of members of the Provinciale Staten Jeannette Zwijnenburg (VVD) and Patricia Brunklaus (GroenLinks), visual artist Ria van Eyk , Head Collection, Presentation and Education of the Noord Brabant Museum Fiona Zachariasse and two public judges Pim Meijer and Thomas Rooijakkers. The latter two represent 'de Brabander' in the jury. There is an appropriate time sought to reveal the artwork.

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