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I designed nine indicators for a watchtower in Heemskerk. The indicators point at various positions like: Statue of Liberty in New York and the Eiffel tower in Paris. The designs are lasered into stainless steel.

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My father suggested to the 'PWN' ('Pure Water and Nature' A Dutch Water Supply company) several years ago to build a new watchtower on the "Kruisberg" in Heemskerk. The 'PWN' accepted the idea and wrote out a pitch to different agencies. My farther drew his design on a day when he was relaxing at is home on the beach. His idea was chosen to be the best and from that moment my father was allowed to run and realize project.

Later he suggested the idea to place directions-signs on the top of the tower that point to various positions in the area and positions outside the Netherlands. The PWN was enthusiastic about the idea and my father and the PWN gave me the opportunity to design the indicators. During the realisation my father got cancer but he was able to finish the tower. The tower was officially opened by the Mayor of Heemskerk in March 2011.

The official name of the tower is: the Kruisberg tower but all his friends and family call it: "t Torentje van Nico" (Nico's tower). A few moths after the official opening my farther passed away at September the seventieth, 2011.

This is a special project for me. It is not only project I can finish where my father stopped. It is also a project where our specialties came together. It means a lot to me.