Peter Zegveld - Het Schrijfkanon (2001)
This week Wieneke Meulman, along with her daughter Merel, talks about Het Schrijfkanon (The Writing Cannon), an artwork by Peter Zegveld.
“We think it is the most beautiful artwork in Almere, it is something really recognisable. If you think about it, it also suits the neighbourhood very well: the Literatuurwijk (Literature neighbourhood). It’s nice that there is also a real wall, and that the cannon is on a beautiful extension, a sort of turning stand. What appealed to me in this artwork is the pen as weapon. Words can be very powerful and bring about many things, more than weapons. Something that has been written down is also very believable and it will not be forgotten. Moreover, it reaches a lot of people.” Merel adds: “Writing belongs to everyone. I find the artwork beautiful because I love writing. This cannon can shoot letters instead of cannonballs.”
“Het Schrijfkanon is aimed at the mainland, just like in the old days: that’s where the enemy can come from”, Wieneke continues. "The artwork faces in the direction of The Hague, as if it wants to say: 'bring on your criticism, we are ready for it', but then with a wink. The canon radiates strength, it seems like it defends Almere. We are pleased that the cannon is there again, because we definitely missed it when it had to be relocated. When we see it we know that we are almost home, it is a reference point.”
Museum De Paviljoens will gladly offer you more information about this artwork and other works from De Collectie Almere via , 036-5450400.