Artwork finally finds a home

The RUG has finally found a spot for the anniversary artwork that the university commissioned from German artist Julius Popp for her 400th anniversary in 2014.
By Peter Keizer / Translation by Sarah van Steenderen

The artwork will be placed at the Healthy Ageing Campus near the Bloemsingel and Vrydemalaan. The exact location will be decided later, the university says in a press release. The new campus will enter the design phase next year.

The artwork, titled ‘Imagine for Infinity’, was supposed to be unveiled during the anniversary celebrations at the Broerplein in 2014. However, the work was not finished at the time. The modern artwork was also deemed out of keeping with the character of the square.


The Board of the University later decided that the bust of Aletta Jacobs, the first female Dutch student and doctor, would be removed from the Harmonieplein to make way for Popp’s artwork. Jacobs’ bust would be moved to the Broerplein. But the municipality disagreed with that plan.

When the anniversary artwork will be revealed is not yet known. The university will not say what it looks like.

Popp is mainly known for his waterfalls in which the drops of water form words and sentences. People can suggest words for the RUG anniversary artwork. But how it will all work exactly remains unclear.



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