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Statue Victor Westhoff

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Statue by Willem van der Velden of a sitting, writing man, on a corten steel pedestal depicting Victor Westhoff.
Victor Westhoff (Situbondo, Ned. Indies, 1916 - 12 March 2001) was a biologist, best known for his contributions to vegetation and nature conservation. Together with Den Held he wrote the book "De plantengemeenschappen in Nederland" (The Plant Communities in the Netherlands).

The statue has the following text (dutch):

he observes
he describes nature
in all their diversity
over and over again
he follows nature
in memory of Victor Westhoff (1916-2001)

The seven identical statues are to be found in seven different landscapes in the Netherlands:
1. Meijendel (Wassenaar);
2.The Combusted Pan, Bergen NH;
3.The Bathhouse Pit, Terschelling;
4. Jumping valley, Hezingen, (gem. Tubbergen);
5.het Korenburgerveen, Winterswijk;
6.The Fall, Monkeys;
7.The Botanical Garden, Nijmegen.

These areas - with the exception of the Botanical Garden - not only have in common that they could rejoice in the warm scientific interest of Westhoff, but also that there are so-called 'permanent quadrates', test areas in which it is regularly investigated which plant species grow in which quantities.
Another similarity is that all the statues are on the 'edge' of the Netherlands: three are close to the coast, three near the German border and one near the Belgian border.

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