Deventer artist Will-Yoow (Wiljo Damstra-Rouwenhorst) designed a new freedom memorial in honour of an unforgettable Liberation Day that centred around 75 years of freedom in the Netherlands, but also reminded us of the fragility of freedom due to the oppressive Covid 19 pandemic.
Will-Yoow created two doves that, together, untie the symbolic ribbon that held Deventer in its grip and open the way to freedom. The colours red, white, blue and orange symbolise patriotism, which fits seamlessly with the celebration of the liberation 75 years ago. The red heart symbolises the love for the city of Deventer but also the heart for life and for the care that was so important for our society in 2020, the year of corona. In the blue part of the mural, a few corona particles are also visible.
This modern memorial was organised by Street Art Streets in honour of 75 years of freedom and was presented on May 5, 2020 by Deputy Mayor and Alderman for Culture, Carlo Verhaar.
Location: Emmastraat 1, Deventer
Date: May 5, 2020
Parties involved: Overijssel Viert Vrijheid (Province of Overijssel Celebrates Freedom), municipality of Deventer, Street Art Streets