An enormous water beetle, the Dytiscus marginalis, takes flight over the pond between Orion and the Forum, his wings illuminated at night. The water beetle symbolises the diversity of the campus community. The idea behind the sculpture: societies are just like ponds. Sooner or later, problems force people to migrate. That’s why the water beetle has wings. Migration creates tension but is also a catalyst for innovation. Must Leave is an ode to the many internationals who enrich the campus on a cultural, scientific and philosophical level. This work of art was created by Danish sculptor Vagn Iversen (1951- ), known for his hyper-realistic installations, in collaboration with Wageningen Professor of Aquatic Ecology Marten Scheffer on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of Wageningen University in 2018.
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