Mannes, a six-meter-tall dog statue in Assen, has lost its shine over the past year, but the interactive artwork is set to get a lime filter to prevent white streaks from appearing in the future.
According to RTV Drenthe, the large art work in front of the Assen train station has become completely dull in a year and covered in white streaks. The streaks are caused hard water in the by steam clouds that Mannes emits when he “hears” a child’s voice. Assen’s water has proven to be quite hard, and it has caused lime scale to form on the statue.
The VVD faction of the Assen municipal council has called on the city to see what can be done about the dull work of art. Mannes was recently completely polished and provided with a nanocoating by designer Maurice Nio, but the lime stripes are still visible. By placing a lime filter between the water supply and the misting installation the artist hopes that less lime will be created in the future.
The filer to prevent the lime scale, which should be put in place in September, will cost around a thousand euros, which the municipality will be covering. Nio will remain responsible for maintenance of the artwork.
(Foto: VVD Assen)