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The Herring Eater
Fairytale Sculptures by the Sea – Tom Otterness

Yesterday I saw the upload of Malgo of an huge sculpture of Tom Otterness at the airport of Doha

I recognized the name and the style of the artist and remembered I did have a map full of pictures of Tom Otterness sculpture group: “Fairytale Sculptures by the Sea at a stone’s throw of the entrance of the museum “Beelden aan Zee” (Sculptures at Sea) in Scheveningen.

I will show you the next day some more impressions of this very attractive and inspiring artwork.

I start with a triptych of the sculpture: The Herring Eater
The Herring Eater is the largest sculptures of the group. It is inspired by the way the Dutch eats raw herring (maatjesharing – Hollandse Nieuwe)

You take the tail of the herring between your thumb and index finger, open your mouth and let the fish slip into your mouth……..DELICIOUS.

In the WORKSHOP you can see the sculpture at full size.

Fairytale Sculptures by the Sea
The group “Fairytale Sculptures by the Sea” counts twenty-three bronze sculptures.
Some of these fairytales are known all over the world (Gulliver’s Travel - Hansel and Gretel), while others sculptures are relate to the surroundings of Scheveningen (Herring Eater) or some Dutch legends.
Beelden aan Zee museum commissioned American sculptor Tom Otterness to design
and make all the sculptures. They were installed in 2004 on the seaside of the museum.

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