Back Vlissingen, Veere, Ritthem et Westkapelle

Four inundation memorials, designed by Dutch artists and placed by the dyke breakthroughs in Westkapelle, Veere, Vlissingen and Ritthem.

In 1990 the Stichting Monumenten Walcheren ‘40-45’ commissioned the building of five monuments on the island of Walcheren. Memorials were placed at the four locations of the dyke breakthrough, in Westkapelle, Veere, Vlissingen and Ritthem. The fifth memorial was placed in Middelburg to commemorate the great fire of the city on 17 May 1940.

The monument in Vlissingen was designed by Mari Boeyen. It’s a bronze sculpture in two parts, lying on the ground. The monument was removed due to the consolidation works on the Nolledijk in 2010, but is now back at the old place on the dyke to commemorate the bombing  of the Nolledijk in Vlissingen on 7 October 1944.

The monument in Veere was designed by David van de Kop. The sculpture of ceramics has a compressed and closed form, with dates of the bombing of the Walcheren dykes in October 1944 engraved. It was erected on a spot on the high dyke near the harbour and was unveiled on 4 October 1990.

The monument in Ritthem was designed by Steef Roothaan. It’s a six meter high sculpture, stable and composed of geometrical forms. It was erected on the beach and unveiled on 4 October 1990.

The monument in Westkapelle was designed by Rudi van de Wint. It’s a seven meter high stela, made of natural stone. At the top it’s closed by a horizontal, elongated oval shape. It was erected in the vicinity of the new radar mast and was unveiled on 4 October 1990.

Memorial in Veere

Memorial in Veere

Memorial in Westkapelle

Memorial in Westkapelle

Memorial in Ritthem

Memorial in Ritthem

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