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Immortal Flowers

The next fountain in the project "Leeuwarden-Fryslân 2018, European Capital of Culture".
can be found in the small town of IJlst.
With a little more than 3000 inhabitants, one of the smallest of the eleven Frisian cities.
IJlst received city rights in 1268 and is now part of the municipality of Súdwest-Fryslân.
On a square with the sawmill "the Rat" in the background you can find the fountain "Immortal Flowers - Rikka" of the Japanese artist Shinji Ohmaki.

“Culture, like nature, consists of layer upon layer. New generations continue to build on a foundation which does not disappear. Such are the origins of the city of IJlst. The old, largely twisted stinzen plants are signs of that invisible foundation, and of mankind’s role in its development. The fountain ‘Immortal Flowers - Rikka’ connects flowering stinzen plants as an element of Frisian nature with Ikebana, an old form of Japanese flower arrangement. It symbolises the eternal union between man, culture and nature. (website

Shinji Ohmaki (Japan)
“Speak, memory” could be Shinji Ohmaki’s (1971) motto. All his sculptures, videos and installations stem from his research into what once was, but has disappeared from our memory. Old crafts, lost traditions, vanished species of flowers: for him they are not gone – just buried under the dust of time. He believes it is his role as an artist to bring them back to life in beauty.

■ Picture 1: ◄ Immortal Flowers ►

■ Picture 2: ◄ Rikka ►

■ Picture 3: ◄ In front of the Sawmill “de Rat” ►

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