THE SHAPE OF WHAT YOU THINK YOU SAW
In my head an image of an urnfield surrounded by sticks with flags.
Indians in Mexico.
A combination of images and thoughts created this non-existing sculpture in my head.
I have only been able to trace the self-made flags of the Huichol Indians. Probably also an image of cemeteries.
What I do know now is that an urnfield culture existed in 1500 BC.
A culture from the late Bronze Age.
One of the first workpieces I made was an urn for myself. I sold it in 1969 before I left for Barcelona, with a grant from the Ary Scheffer Foundation, to study at the academy there.
On one of my trips through this city I saw something that from the distance looked like an intriguing new housing estate. When I approached it turned out to be the cemetery of Montjuïc.
What I had taken to be a new construction were the buildings in which on different levels coffins are laid.
Descending further I found myself in the old inner city. Tombs, little houses, streets, gardens. A motionless city.
Through the years the idea of using these impressions lingered in my mind.
In the end it resulted in the first step towards an urnfield.