2004 - metal: bronze
'Cock-a-doodle-doo' was originally seen on exhibition indoors in the exhibit titled "Menhirs, Dreams, Myths, and Deities", and was gifted to the sculpture park by the artist. Pretending for a moment that the title of this bronze work is unknown, the visitor can almost immediately recognize the reference—the comb-like design is characteristic of a rooster. Simply enough, the reference is to Van de Bovenkamp’s pet rooster. Both 'Sagg Portal' and 'Cock-a-doodle-doo' are part of Van de Bovenkamp’s 'Menhirs' series. Begun in 2001, the' Menhirs' are life-size and larger, soft and inviting works reminiscent of prehistoric architectural structures, that convey a sense of sacredness and spirituality. The word “menhir” refers to a single upright monumental stone usually of prehistoric origin. Perhaps the most well-known example of an ancient group of menhirs is Stonehenge. Van de Bovenkamp’s Menhirs possess their own internal energy—each sculpture is composed of several elements or parts that relate to one another through tension and balance. Organic and sensuously curved, the works are in a sense alive and evoke a sense of mysticism and eroticism.
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