Slowly but surely the Wageningen campus is taking shape. Building after building is rising out of the ground on the large flat terrain on the city's north side.
But things can be done so differently, as the beautiful and optimistic sculpture of The Sower (De Zaaier) makes evident. Situated at the start of the long rising walkway (who conceived this?) to Atlas, the sculpture was created by the famous Dutch sculptor August Falise. His work includes the statue of Hieronymus Bosch in the Market Square in 's-Hertogenbosch and that of Thomas Aquinas in Nijmegen. The Sower was unveiled in 1926 and seems now, after a couple of changes of address, to have reached its final destination.
The sculpture is full of movement. Over his left shoulder, the man carries a seed pouch from which he has just taken a handful with his right hand. What will he sow? I, for one, hope it is a great deal of greenery and flowers, to contrast with all that stone and concrete.