Art, architecture, and nature

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Merging art and nature was one of the Kröller-Müller's primary goals when they founded their estate.

Their sculpture garden is an excellent example of this, as are the many other outstanding works of art to be found in the stunning natural landscape that makes up the park. Examples include the Three Upright Motives by Henry Moore in the Pampelse Zand, the President Steyn stone bench designed by Henry van de Velde and located opposite the entrance to the Kröller-Müller Museum, and the Stone Deer by John Rädeker.

General De Wet

One of the most impressive works of art is undoubtedly the statue of General De Wet in the Otterlose Zand area, designed by Joseph Mendes Da Costa. Christiaan de Wet was a general during the South African Boer Wars in the late nineteenth century. De Wet was a close personal friend of the Kröller-Müllers. The statue can be found in the Otterlose Zand area, with General De Wet looking out over the sandy plains and steppes. The statue was deliberately placed here as the landscape bears a striking resemblance to that of South Africa. Incidentally, the general is facing in the direction of his homeland.

Pump building

The Pump Building is located on Kronkelweg, which leads to the St Hubertus Hunting Lodge. It was designed by renowned architect, painter, and designer Henry van de Velde. The Pump Building was once the site of a mill that was designed to regulate the water level in the pond. The Pump Building is now a Dutch listed building.

The foundations of the great museum

The foundations of the great museum that Helene Kröller-Müller hoped would one day house her art collection can be seen at the foot of the Franse Berg hill. This museum was never completed. Henry van de Velde was commissioned to design the building, but construction stopped after the erection of the outer walls. A special railway was built starting in Wolfheze to transport the sandstone with which the museum was to be constructed.