Wednesday, June 17, 2020

Two Hats

The Man With Two Hats is one of a set of two identical tall sculptures by the Dutch artist Henk Visch. One stands here looking out over Dow's Lake, with a tulip bed in the background. The other is in the city of Apeldoorn, in the Netherlands. It pays tribute to the liberation of the Netherlands by Canadian soldiers in the Second World War. It is out of that liberation that the Tulip Festival found its origins. The Dutch started sending tulips as a show of gratitude, and a formal festival was organized several years later, an initiative of the landscape photographer Malak Karsh.

In the flower bed beyond, a few of the flowers were starting to show, but it would take a few days before the bed was really in its prime.

This particular bed shows how one type of tulip can be coming along while the other is yet to show.

As is also the case here. I'll carry on from here tomorrow.


  1. That´s a nice story, now I understand about the tulips.
    Two hats is a fun idea for it, too.

  2. Nice to see all the (Dutch) tulips in Ottawa! :)

  3. Hello,
    Love the cool two hat statue and the beautiful tulips. Have a great day!

  4. ...I remember that fellow well.

  5. I don't know the significance of two hats, but I like the well as the spring blooms.

  6. Man with Two Hats is very symbolic of some of the issues today where politicians try to have it both ways.

  7. I love that man with two hats!

  8. Yes, I saw the second in the Netherlands. Super!

  9. Quite the sculpture and story ~ lovely photos ~

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  10. That occurrence during WW2 worked out for both countries William 😉🌷

  11. @Iris: it is.

    @Pat: I think so.

    @Marianne: there are many.

    @Eileen: thank you.

    @Tom: you would.

    @Agnieszka: thanks.

    @Barbara: two hats, two countries, one friendship.

    @Red: I can see that.

    @Sharon: I do too.

    @Roger: I'd like to see it.

    @Carol: thank you.

    @Grace: it did indeed.

  12. I am always impressed with the height of the Dutch.

  13. I did not know about the sculpture. Terrific. That final field of yellow was amazing. Tweeted.

  14. Hooray for the man with two hats. The Netherlands are a wonderful and beautiful country.

  15. I am familiar with the work of Henk Visch. He creates beautiful art.

  16. Nice bit of local history. And it is a fine sculpture.