Dilemma Maze in Bergen op Zoom officially opened

Brabant Remembers makes the impact of the Second World War palpable and conceivable with an interactive art installation

 

BERGEN OP ZOOM, June 13 – Today the Dilemma Maze was officially opened in Bergen op Zoom. This interactive art installation presents visitors with profound choices in conflict situations from the past and the present. During a walk through the Dilemma Maze, the impact of the Second World War is made palpable and passed on to younger generations. The Dilemma Maze is a concept by Mothership and one of the iconic projects in the Brabant Remembers programme which is leading up to the 75th anniversary of the liberation of the Netherlands in 2020. The official opening took place in the presence of Sabine Nölke, the Canadian Ambassador, Wim van de Donk , Commissioner of the King for the Province of North Brabant, Frank Petter, Mayor of Bergen op Zoom, Ton Rombouts,  Chairman of the Crossroads Brabant ’40-’45 Foundation and Femke Klein, Brabant Remembers Programme Director. The maze will remain at its current location for at least one year and is freely accessible from 8.30 a.m. to sunset, or until 9 p.m in summer.

Life-changing choices

The Dilemma Maze is about experiences that have changed lives forever and aims to touch people today with the turning points of the past. The storylines in the Dilemma Maze, written by screenwriter and director Patrick Feijen, have been inspired by choices taken from personal war stories from Brabant which were collected by Brabant Remembers.

The Maze

The Dilemma Maze consists of white crosses that refer to the ‘field of honour’, the cemetery for fallen soldiers from the Second World War. The choice that visitors make at each intersection in the maze determines the continuation of the story and thus the way through the maze. The austere design, free of images and other stimuli, makes a visit to the Dilemma Maze even more intense. The storylines can be listened to in Dutch and in English.

Official opening of the maze

Battle of the Scheldt

The maze lies between Canadian and British war cemeteries. The hundreds of soldiers buried here died during the Battle of the Scheldt in the autumn of 1944. This battle was one of the biggest operations during the Second World War, it was essential for the liberation of North Brabant and the Netherlands.

“The Dilemma Maze is a contemporary, dynamic way to honour the enduring friendship between the Netherlands and Canada and our shared victories”, said Sabine Nölke, the Canadian Ambassador. “This beautiful interactive installation allows us to reflect upon some of the life-altering choices with which we are faced during times of conflict.”

During the opening, the King’s Commissioner, Wim van de Donk, considered freedom. “This year we are commemorating and celebrating our freedom. Freedom that now seems so obvious, but which must be constantly defended. Brabant Remembers brings this to the attention with an impressive program.”

Intensive cooperation
The Dilemma Maze is part of a Brabant-wide programme and the (inter)national Brabant Remembers campaign. The art installation has been developed by Mothership in collaboration with v-fonds, Brouhaha, Heijmans, Province of North Brabant, Municipality of Bergen op Zoom and The Crossroads Brabant ’40-’45 Foundation.