INAUGURATION ‘FAITH’ – Monumental Statue – Belgium






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    1 September 2019     

    Place: Thor Park   |  Waterschei  Genk, Belgium 


    The Uitstalling, M&AD Promotions and the city of Genk are very honored to announce to the official inauguration of ‘Faith’. This event has taken place at the entrance of Thor Park, Waterschei on Sunday September 1st at 3 PM.

    ‘Faith’, a monumental statue created by the South-African artist Anton Smit, measures 7,5 meters and welcomes visitors at the local former mining area. It symbolizes human strength and the power to believe in a better future.

    ‘Faith’ is private funded by Danny Weckx, curator at the ‘Uitstalling’. Thanks to a coöperation with the city of Genk this statue remains at the site untill august 2020.



    15u00: Anton Smit – ’Faith’
    15u15: Danny Weckx, curator ‘Uitstalling’
    15u25: Anniek Nagels, councillor – Wim Dries, mayor
    15u35: Reception @ Thor Terrazza
    16u30: Visitation ‘Colossal’ – exhibition Anton Smit



    An overview of recent sculptures can also be seen at the ‘Uitstalling, Marcel Habetslaan 26 in Genk-Zwartberg.  Please note that the exhibition ‘Colossal’ can only be visited by appointment.


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    ANTON SMIT, in his creative prime, is a force to be reckoned with. His work can now be experienced for the first time in Belgium and will be a unique event in the Euregio.  The place to be is the ‘Uitstalling’, a new contemporary exhibition space in an equally intriguing environment.

    ‘Colossal’ is a vivacious story of a community rising up from the ashes. A collection of mixed individual emotions. ‘Colossal’ is an elaboration of people trying to transcend in difficult circumstances, whilst holding on to their values of honor and faith, hoping to
    be ‘Colossal’ again.

    “ A human being consists of the choices he makes. You must care about a world you can’t see.” 

    In this respect Anton Smit’s work can be seamlessly transposed to the cultural heritage of the city of Genk. A city with a history, undergoing many social and economic changes throughout recent decades. Evolving from a rural village to a multicultural mining town, rising up twice after economic setbacks. A story of social growth, human suffering and the ability to learn from the hard times. 

    The artist’s work reflects deeper human insight throughout an era of transformation and transition to a new future. It renders the evolution of a culturally diverse society that, after many defeats, holds on to hope and faith.

    Anton Smit’s sculptures embody the inner emotions of people growing up in harsh conditions, transformed in their pursuit towards a better life for generations to come.