For the artist, Catherine François, “movement is never-ending and eternal, when the energies are in balance, like life is.”
Through her Tomorrow’s Man, the sculptor shows that the balance existing between man and nature tends to disappear. This makes life on earth ephemeral and fragile, specifically for mankind.
She wants to stress this message ever since the installation of her first performance as an artist in 2009 in Knokke.
She presented her man in a humble position in front of the sea, his back to humanity, pierced by holes, and bending in front of the strong and powerful waves.
How much time shall he resist the waves?
She is hoping that her fragile man will trigger in each human being a more responsible and more respectful behaviour towards his environment.
While you are walking in Ooidonk, you will discover the third artistic performance of “Tomorrow’s Man” of Catherine François.
Eager to dive in the moats and facing the Renaissance castle, he behaves humbly in front of this castle that stands the test of time and has preserved the splendour of olden times.
The confrontation of the vulnerable and pierced modernity in contrast with the tradition and the history of this emblematic site has particularly moved the current owners of the castle.
The artist wonders whether she should withhold her endeavour and her reflection in order to permit to anyone to proceed at his own pace and to make his own journey.
“Maybe my message is less important than the free perception of each of us?” Eventually fto everyone his own journey in the imaginery…download pdf download pdf download pdf download pdf download pdf download pdf
Not to be missed: Ooidonk gardens
Discover the French styled gardens of Ooidonk Castle, revisited by a renowned Belgian architect.
A beautifully alternating structure of grasses, rose bushes and hedge rows of different heights, sublimes the central fountain. It is a perfect balance between the verticality of the jet of water and the views showing either the castle or the woods.
What a pleasant surprise the visitor meets with when he discovers in this enchanting garden sculptures of different themes and periods!
The four corners of the fountain in the central terrace are encircled by ‘the four seasons’.
Two modern sculptures face each other between the rustling grasses: ‘The Man in the Hat’ by Jean-Michel Folon and ‘The Flight’ by Olivier Strebelle, both Belgian artists.
Leaving the French garden, head towards the open greenhouse and come face to face with ‘Odimo’, a work of art by which the Begian artist Mieja D’hont pays homage to her son flying away. With this unique and attractive bronze statue, the artist illustrates the theme of protective maternity.
Walk, wander, dream, admire nature with open eyes, feel the wind rustling through the branches of surrounding trees, look at the reflection of the castle in the moat… Breathe, feel alive and just be happy being here… thanks to the enchanting magic of Ooidonk.download pdf download pdf download pdf download pdf download pdf
We have acquired a wonderful new gardener who has really spruced up the domain's gardens. The renovated greenhouse, which produces fresh herbs and vegetables for the castle's inhabitants, is now also open to visitors.
A real ecological touch and a home to many insects and butterflies.
Two beautiful white swans have adopted the castle's pond as their new home. We also have a 8 month old sheperd pup as our new guard dog.
The terrace behind the castle is now host to a wonderful work of art by renowned Belgian artist Jean-Michel Folon: “L’Homme au Chapeau” (The man with the hat).
Visitors are always welcome for gardens all year round at Ooidonk Castle from 09:30 until 18:00.
Only closed on Monday, and Tuesday morning.
Ooidonk Castle - Deinze, August 2017