the crier Klaas Koper
For the 700th anniversary of the city of Zandvoort, Masterklaas by Kees Verkade, competition for a stele
Sculpture: Klaas Koper, 2004
Location: Museum Gasthuisplein Zandvoort
There is a bronze statue in the front garden of the Zandvoorts Museum. It is the effigy of the current village crier Klaas Koper. During the celebrations of the 700th anniversary of Zandvoort, eight students from the Amsterdam Wackers Academy were invited to a special Master Class. Under the expert guidance of the famous Dutchman Kees Verkade, the students fashioned the head of Klaas Koper which served as a model in Verkade's former studio, Groot Bentveld's estate in Bentveld. More than 700 inhabitants of Zandvoort acted as a jury and they then voted for the creation that appealed to them the most. The highest number of votes (221) went to the bust of Italian sculptor Mara Dominioni and her creation was then cast in bronze. On June 5, 2004, under the watchful eye of Klaas Koper, Mara Dominioni, Kees Verkade and Mayor M.R. van der Heijden the statue was unveiled.
Bronze cast at the foundry of: Binder Harlem Netherlands