Maïté´s Bears are back!

Maìté´s Polar Bears are back on Calluna Square in Dieren. Maïté created the beloved sculptures in 1986 on commission by the municipality. Children and adults loved the bronze animals, which were often climbed upon and photographed.

The sculptures were removed for a while due to the radical redesign of the shopping center, which if all goes well will be completed this month. The bears returned last week and have been given a new base. Maïté’s daughter Mathilde took some beautiful pictures.

Geste Libre returns to Frans Halslaan

Geste Libre, the beautiful sculpture Maïté made in 1996, returns to the Frans Halslaan in Zutphen. The statue was away for repairs. Lime rash, bird droppings and chewing gum (!) have been removed. The old brick pedestal has now been replaced by beautiful, solid Italian bluestone. Maïté chose the stone just before her death

Thanks to Leo van Eden from the municipality of Zutphen and Buro DSB in Brummen.

L’Èveil in B&B Berkeltuin

You can now enjoy Maïté’s beautiful sculpture L’Éveil in the garden of B&B Berkeltuin in Zutphen.

Owners Hetty Wemekamp and George van der Werff bought the statue just before Maïté passed away last year. Due to the corona crisis, there was no official presentation. “But we are very happy with it,” wrote Hetty. L’Éveil, ‘the awakening’, is a wonderful way to start the day for the guests of B&B Berkeltuin.

You can visit B&B Berkeltuin here.

‘Inspiration does not come from Above’

Photographer Jasja de Wit followed the creation of “Inspiration”, Maïté’s final sculpture. She wrote a beautiful blog about it. Please, enjoy her story and her beautiful photographs.

Maïté and Jasja first met in 2018, and this resulted in a beautiful photo series. “I muster all my courage,” writes Jasja, “and ask her the question that is on my mind: “Can I make a photo-reportage for a personal project?” My heart leaps up when she agrees to my proposal. I can follow the whole process: from wax statue to patinated bronze sculpture. From welding an iron frame, building a statue in clay, making the plaster positives and negatives to casting the bronze sculpture and applying the patina when it is finished. In the months that follow, she calls me regularly. The work progresses, sometimes fast, sometimes slower. Sometimes she enlists help for the heavy lifting, because of her health. She candidly shares her concerns about this. Still, she continues her work… “

You can read Jasja’s full blog (in Dutch) here.

“Draaiende Vrouw” donated to new cultural centre Huis van Eemnes

On Wednesday, the 22nd of January, councillor Lankreijer of the village of Eemnes unveiled “Draaiende Vrouw” (“Turning Woman”) by Maïté Duval in front of the brand new cultural centre Huis van Eemnes.

“Draaiende Vrouw” was bought in 1998 by Willem and Betty Geus. They recently donated it to the municipality. From now on, beautifully in front of the entrance of the new library and auditorium, for everyone to admire at the Noordersingel 4 in Eemnes.