5 m high
Source of inspiration: the peewit as an endangered bird species, water as a source of life
Location: G.G. van der Walplein at the entrance of the city
Lucy & Jorge Orta
(Great Britain, Argentina)
The versatile work of the artist couple Lucy & Jorge Orta (1966, 1953) focuses on food, water and environmental issues. In their often long- term, intensive research projects, they collaborate with scientists, NGOs and the local population. Their excursions to Antarctica and the Amazon region lead to exhibitions focusing on interesting core themes. The transformation of the Frisian pasture landscape and the close community feeling of Sloten strongly appeal to the Ortas, and this is reflected in their fountain.
In 2007 they were given ‘the Green Leaf Award for artistic excellence with an environmental message’ at the Nobel Peace Centre in Oslo.