The sea, that amazing sculptor - Jean-Michel Folon

Folon loves Knokke-Heist. As a child, he used to spend his holidays here. For the statue on the breakwater, Folon was inspired by the work of René Magritte. But the man with the hat also resembles Inspector Maigret from Georges Simenon’s eponymous books. The name of the artwork was inspired by Marguerite Yourcenar’s essay about art, ‘Le temps, ce grand sculpteur’.

‘La Mer, ce grand sculpteur’, which has been installed on a breakwater, in a sense is modelled by the sea twice a day.

The Folon Foundation (2000) on the Solvay Estate in La Hulpe has about 500 works by the artist.

The sea, that amazing sculptor has been removed to another wavebreaker at the end of Parmentierlaan. 

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