Arbor (2002, bronze)
Guus Voermans (Boxtel 1949) is a visual artist and, in his own words, an inventor who tries to escape the gravity of contemporary art. Where existing knowledge ends, Voermans's universe comes into view. He maintains contacts with scientists, technologists and artists, to get his ingenious installations, machines, and sculptures to work, but also because the multitude of people is his natural source for ideas, installations or sculptures.
The logo of the Tilburg University inspired him to make a bronze cast of a tree, symbol of immortality, of the knowledge of good and evil. Rooted in the earth, and hence placed high on a pedestal. The base on which the tree stands is derived from the squares that surround the tree in the logo, and which stand for a forum, for an open community in which insight, wisdom, and ideals branch out in many ways.
In the base on which the tree rests, there is a small book, ultimate symbol of knowledge. It also serves as a key, to penetrate into the root system of the tree, into deep soils, to access foundations of life and thought.
The figurine was produced in an edition and is used as a promotional gift.
More about history and academic heritage
The Tilburg University academic heritage is a very diverse set of archives, visual materials, collections, devices, recorded stories, et cetera that relate to the history of the university.