The Fragmented Cross - installation & performance was exhibited and performed at De Grote Kerk in The Hague, April 23th, 24th 2011 as part of the annual Nacht van de Hoop (Night of Hope). The performance started at 11:45 pm and lasted till 6:00 am, the next day.


At 11:45 pm the performance started with the handing out of nearly 200 steel fragments of an iron cross to visitors of de Grote Kerk.

At midnight the movie started




At 0:05 visitors of the Nacht van de Hoop brought their fragment to the front and shared in a communal artwork: a triptych in plexiglass, covered with thousands of small magnets.

The choir sang. Every hour the choir sang. Ancient songs in Russian, Hebrew, French, English, Dutch. till early morning.

Every Hour the artist made a new artwork, sometimes together with the audience.

At 1:00, 2:00, 3:00, 4:00 and 5:00 the fragments of the iron cross where used as the materials for an hourly new artwork.

Finally at 6:00 the last artwork appeared. An empty plexiglass triptych. Human incapability and the Gods glory emphasized by the strong backlight.


A rather dark impression of Nacht van de Hoop 2011:

fifth hour

















Studio impression (in an old chicken barn):

first hour


















Related artwork > A supper in wood