Middelburg Easter Island statue
Easter Island statue in Middelburg
Moai in Middelburg
Middelburg - We have an Easter Island statue in the editorial office of hotspotholland.nl. Not a real one, of course, but one of one and a half meters. This Moai reminds us daily to experience new (micro) adventures and also that for some adventures you don't have to travel the world at all. To see an Easter Island statue, you don't have to spend 24 hours in a plane (also saves 2.2600 tons of CO2 emissions). You can also simply visit the Dutch Easter Island city of Middelburg.
Middelburg Easter Island City?
Easter Island City? Here's the thing: Jacob Roggeveen is one of the Netherlands' most famous explorers and comes from Middelburg. In search of the unknown South Land, Terra Australis, this notary discovered Rapa Nui on the morning of April 5, 1722. It was Easter and that's how Easter Island got its name.
Discovery? from Easter Island
Discovering a country is (fortunately) in a slightly different light these days. Roggeveen discovered Easter Island from a Western perspective. Easter Island was inhabited long and wide before we as the Western world got to know about it.
Sculptor Peter de Jong
The Easter Island statue in Park Molenwater was made in 1970 by the Middelburg sculptor Peter de Jong. The almost three meter high statue is not a true-to-life copy of a Moai, but a stylized variant.