"Save our Souls" Heppeneert, Belgium, september 2022

Save Our Souls

Maarten Inghels

SOS or SAVE OUR SOULS is a common emergency signal used by castaways on desert islands in films and books. In the summer of 2021, that call for help came very close. The Meuse river threatened to over flow the dykewall in Heppeneert. In the riverbed, writer Maarten Inghels presents a word sculpture made of sand of the river Meuse. For him, SAVE OUR SOULS is a pointless cry for help in these times of increasing floods and summer droughts. The fact that the artwork can flood or wash away is essential for Inghels. With it, he emphasises the vulnerability of people and society in the face of the immense power of water.


Heppeneert 20, 3680 Maaseik
Behind the brick wall, close to the church of Heppeneert

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21.09.22 - 21.01.2023

Parking: behind the church of Heppeneert
Cycling and hiking route: the artwork is located near cycling junction 26 and along the red, yellow and purple hiking route of the Aldeneik hiking area.


With special thanks to the city of Maaseik, the community of Heppeneert, Bichterweerd nv and the family Vanthoor - Venken.

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