Inspiration: the façade of the Broerekerk, a church mainly destroyed by fire
Size: 3.3 m high, 2.4 m wide
Location: The Broereplein square, in front of the Broerekerk
Johan Creten’s (Belgium, 1963) ceramic and bronze sculptures tackle a range of subjects, from impressive birds and fearsome cuttlefish to woman’s torsos covered with sharp-edged roses. Their symbolically rich power is never unambiguous, and swings back and forth between temptation and fear, strength and vulnerability, the sacred and the demonic. With his Catholic background and his sense of drama, Creten perfectly captures the loaded history of Catholic Bolsward.