Henry van de Velde (1863-1957)

The monument was erected in honour of Steyn (1857–1916), President of the Orange Free State, who like General De Wet, played an important role in the South-African Boer War. It faces south towards the museum in an open spot, making it visible from a distance. With its cruciform ground plan, the monument is designed like a church. The bank has a relief in the middle showing a sword flanked by a magnifying glass and a barometer, three symbols Steyn considered characteristic. They represent the manner in which he solved problems: first, thoroughly examine the events, then, feel the atmosphere in which they occurred and finally, do not hesitate to take up the sword to cut the knot.

Planted from the outside to the inside of the work are: an oak hedge with beech trees inside on one side, and hornbeam and box with lime trees inside. There is also a lot of heather. Beside the bank and in symmetry with it, there are common beech trees, copper beeches and weeping beeches. Under the copper beech on the left there are holes: traces of a badger. In spring, the twitter of greenfinches can be heard in the trees. Van de Velde designed the highly stylised bank with the appurtenant landscaping. Here, nature and culture are completely intertwined, making it a worthy conclusion to this route.

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Henry van de Velde (1863-1957)