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About the project

The godparent project Statues and Monuments was set up during the school year 1995-1996. The original idea came from the then chairman of the Cultural Council, Gaspar Warnier, who –on his turn- got the idea from the Netherlands and introduced it in the Cultural Centre Scharpoord.

For all those years, the project has been part of the cultural and historico-cultural activities of the municipality project Knokke-Heist, in which the Cultural Council, vzw Vrij Atelier, the Cultural Centre Scharpoord and the person responsible for inspecting and maintaining the artworks in public spaces were involved.   

The importance of the godparent project is not only organising workshops, but mostly the support that children get when experiencing art, learning to open themselves up to the emotions that many art products induce and the message that they contain.  To involve children in the cultural process of art is very important. But what is actually more important is that they are helped to develop into –often- richer, more self-confident and more tolerant human beings. And not every child gets this opportunity at home. We hope to stimulate their artistic sense, as well as their sense of public responsibility by means of this project.
  • Artistic sense: great artistic involvement, especially with regard to statues or monuments.  That is linked to the historic value that a certain statue or monument has. What is the artist’s story? What is the historical significance of the statue?
  • Sense of public responsibility: exciting respect and a sense of responsibility for our patrimony.
The project aims at the following goals:
  • Alerting the children to the statues and monuments that can be found in their municipality.
  • Exciting respect and a sense of responsibility for our patrimony by doing so.
  • Involving them in the artistic and historical value.
  • Making the children bond with their community (statues as identifying marks, landmarks in a continuously evolving city).
  • Stimulating their interest in art, or at least bringing them into contact with it, promoting their abstract intellect,   sense of empathy and their perceptivity.  
  • Getting to know the work and life of the artist.  
  • Watching over the condition of the statue or monument. A preventive task, as it where.

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