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Thorbecke Monument – The Hague < /b>

Amsterdam is the capital of the Netherlands, but the parliament and the government are based in The Hague.
Thorbecke was a Dutch statesman who lived from 1798 to 1872. He was prime minister in three cabinets.. As chairman of the Constitutional Committee, in 1848 he was one of the founders of our parliamentary democracy.

In 2017, this remarkable statue was unveiled in his honor at Lange Voorhout in The Hague, close to the buildings of the “ Staten Generaal” with the House of Representatives and the Senate. (second and first chamber of the Dutch parliament)
The statue was designed by the English-Dutch sculptor Thom Puckey (1948).

The monument is composed of two parts standing next to each other on two pedestals and depicting the 19th and 21st centuries.
On the 19th century pedestal we see Thorbecke sculpted in Carrara marble.
From a desk he looks backwards to "het Torentje", the office of the prime minister.
On the 21st century stainless steel pedestal we see two men sitting at a table and a woman sitting astride the same table. The constitution is the central theme here. The scene portrays one of the essence of democracy. Convincing each other with arguments. The position of the woman marks her equal place in modern society.

■ Main picture: ◄ Thorbecke Monument ►
■ Workshop 1: ◄ 21st Century Pedestal ►
■ Workshop 2: ◄ Close Up Diptych ►

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