A Dog For You
A community comes together to support an important restoration project.
In the children’s cemetery in Delft there is a statue of a dog that watches over all the children buried there.
The statue is a symbol of comfort and protection,
man’s best friend and trusted companion. This statue was in desperate need of
renovation. So the project
‘A Dog for You’ was set up to raise the necessary funds for the restoration.
The project would also ensure the making of a second dog statue, to be placed in a new extension to the cemetery. Despite the sadness of this necessary extension, the two dogs would watch over the children’s final resting places, creating an atmosphere of warmth and safety.
Meanwhile, at ‘The Force of Delft’ – an event which celebrates the achievements of the city’s entrepreneurs – Orange Pearl won the Public Award for giving a face to the city of Delft. We were honored that the public had voted for us.
At Orange Pearl we care about making the world a better place.
Founder Floris Koumans never misses an opportunity to follow his heart and do the right thing. When he took to the stage to collect the award he announced that Orange Pearl would donate 5,000 euro to the ‘A Dog for You’ project – half of the funding needed. Calling upon the influential audience, Floris asked everyone in the room to help and to take care of the rest of the donations. Needless to say, all the funds were in place the next day. The restoration could begin.
The restoration and new statue took just a year to complete. Artist Christian Wisse did a fine job with the challenging brief; the renovation needed a whole new statue. Christian made a cast of the existing statue, which was then filled with clay and fired in the kiln. For the second statue, Christian based her ideas on a photograph of a dog; and captured the dog’s beautiful, naturalistic expression in her surprisingly life-like sculpture.
On a beautiful autumn Saturday in October 2016, Robert Lupker, initiator of the ‘A Dog for You’ project, revealed the restored statue. And Floris had the pleasure of unveiling the new statue, now watching over the children in this special place.