Alta Kautokeino * *

Alta Kautokeino

Alta Kautokeino (1979)

model in wood, 35 x 18 x 9 cm

This is the model for a big statue that was meant  to become 5 meters in height  in the north of Norway  because of Willem’s solidarity with the Sami people  against the building of a hydroelectric dam on the Alta River. This would interrupt the reindeer migration routes and would threaten their existence so dependent as they are of their reindeer and also because of the effect on the fishery in the river. Willem always wanted to realize that someday in Norway but unfortunately he was never able to go there again to fulfill that desire.