El Indjan

Herman Van Bergen's avatar Herman Van Bergen

I'm fascinated by the fact that where I live, Mother Nature had few possibilities to defend herself when European explorers discovered Curaçao. With no respect for other humans or nature, they enslaved the native Indians and cut down the hardwood trees. Mother Nature put up a fight that is still ongoing, building a stronghold with the thorns of the Acacia Tortuosa to prevent any further destruction. The piece of art I enter, El Indjan, confronts the viewer with the dark side of humanity, but also shows the beauty of a hostile material like thorns, as the structure is illuminated from within. It resembles an Indian-shaped rock on Curaçao and represents all our ancestors. As the head is tilted backward, the Indian might either continue to fall down as a victim or stand up. The head will be placed on a pedestal of asphalt, a natural resource used by mankind throughout the ages. The sculpture will pay a tribute to our ancestors and nature, while addressing contemporary issues we face.

Entry Details
  • Art form: 3-D
  • Depth: 40 cm (1.3 ft)
  • Medium: thorns, asphalt (bitumen)
  • Width: 40 cm (1.3 ft)
  • Year created: 2012
  • Height: 170 cm, including 120 cm high pedestal)