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Suzanne Willems (Suzanne Marieke Willems *24. May 1975, Gendringen) is a Dutch sculptor.

She studied architectural design and monumentalism at the Hogeschool voor de Kunsten Arnhem. During her studies she won first prize in a competition with a design for five lions on columns as gatekeepers at the approach roads to Hengelo. After studying, Willems worked from 1998 to 2000 at the department of garden and landscape design of the International Agricultural College Larenstein, from 2001 to 2003 at the Architectural Café (now CASA) in Arnhem, in 2002 at the European Ceramic Work Centre in Den Bosch, and in 2003 at bronze foundry Beeldenstorm in Eindhoven.

For her sculptures in public spaces she gets inspiration from the history, the spatial situation and the users of the place, creating a site-specific design. The choice of material depends on the commission. Thus, street furniture and planting can also be part of the design. Her work is mostly figurative with sometimes a humorous and relativizing touch.

In addition to commissions, Willems makes free work. She often combines ceramics with softer materials.


Works in public space (selection)

  • Five lions, along the access roads to Hengelo (1997)
  • Meerkats, traffic circle Zonnedauw / Jhr. P.A. Reuchlinlaan, Tiel (1997)
  • Flying fish, in the pond of the Oudewater town hall (1998)
  • End wall of the Bijlmer apartment building, Amsterdam (1998)
  • So dog, so boss, Blue Chamber, Arnhem (1999)
  • Hollands Landschap, Zoetermeer (1999)
  • The wolf and the oak, Wolvenplein, Utrecht (2001)
  • Hundred enchanted frogs, estate Warnsborn near Arnhem (2001)
  • Thought Routes, Heemskerk / Beverwijk (2005)
  • Zaanse houses, Zaanstad (2007)
  • Folded boat and fish rack, Stichting Vrijburcht, IJburg, Amsterdam (2007)
  • Cow heads, Veemarkt / Houtkampstraat, Doetinchem (2009)

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