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  Fons Olterdissen 1865 - 1923
by johngayton

This is another statue that piqued my interest as I was wandering along Grote Looiersstraat, where the Natural History Museum is located. At the time I had no idea who it was but have since found that it's a guy called Fons Olterdissen.

Olterdissen was a turn-of-the-century (19th to 20th) arts teacher who lived most of his life here in Maastricht. He was influencial is promoting writing in the local dialect and was a co-founder of the social and cultural association ?Maastricht Vooruit? (Maastricht Ahead).

Amongst his writings he authored several comic operas and the final song of his ?Trijn de Begijn? has become Maastricht?s official anthem.

The sculpture here is a 1961 work by Willem Hofhuizen and depicts Fons addressing the sculptor's children.

Website: http://www.hofhuizen.com/olterdissen/olterdissen_en.htm

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  • Written Aug 31, 2010
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