The Oerol project on the Dutch
island of Terschelling was beautiful. YaŽl worked 16 days on three big granite
blocks that had been in the sea for hundreds of years. The festival attracts
50,000 visitors per year. Many who visited us were flabbergasted by what this
little woman was doing with these stones. Often they came back every day. She
creates art for people so they can watch the whole process. Sometimes, she even
lets them help her.
YaŽl doesnít just create an art object. She gives ART to the people for whom
it is meant. With every blow of the chisel she pours her love for art into the
world and makes each observer realize how important art is. What is an essential
part of every human being is love for art which may have been locked up since
one stopped being a child. This was my dream and it came through. YaŽl did it,
we did it, because I feel it is as much my creativity as hers. For me art is not
just a thing of beauty made by talented hands where one can gaze admiringly at.
It is much, much more. Most of it is born in the mind and that is what I learned
after I met YaŽl. All the other things I did before was preparing the way, but
through my encounter with YaŽl it busted open.
A Stone Theatre will be the result next year with the opening of the festival.
The islanders will have nine sculptures from the most beautiful granite ever
made by an artist under their eyes, instead of a readymade sculpture created
somewhere in the intimacy of a studio, (recently somebody call this
ďplop-artĒ) Here everyone can relate to art, even the most simple people.
Thatís one of her strong points. We have made friends for life with divers,
builders, and many people from the island who were so touched. YaŽl loved it
and I loved it and the story has only begun. -Pauline
2003 Pauline Brenninkmeijer
any image to view the artist's work in progress. Also more information on the Oerol Project
can be found at Artstream.