An art project at the art event "Tussen Hemel en Zand" (Between Heaven and Sand"), organized by the art commission Millingen a/d Rijn.
Hundreds of children's faces situated in the grass, silhouettes of the life they once had. The sculpture as a small tribute to children who died at early age. Still death is often taboo. But grief has its own rules.
They were and still are part of families, of a community and its history. The children are not forgotten by their loved ones. Memories are cherished and keeps them alive. This sculpture is a silent protest against the unspoken laws of mourning, against time and efficiency of the funeral industry.
The heads of casted stone are kept anonymous so anyone can give the children their own face. The shading of colors refers to the diversity of characters and background of the deceased children. My intention was to visualize these young deceased in a gentle way. A sculpture as a representation of the youth and innocence of a lost life. A way to show children and their loss giving them a tangible and visible face for one last time. Because of the commotion caused by the adjacent home for the elderly St. Jan de Deo, I was forced to remove the sculpture early.