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Translated by Thomas Ansell
The International Clog Museum in Eelde took on its newest exhibit on Sunday, with a donation of a pair of Nobel prize winning chemist Ben Feringa’s clogs. Feringa is a professor of organic chemistry at the RUG, and grew up in Barger-Compascuum in Drenthe, near the German border. As reported by RTV Drenthe.
“If I’m in the garden, or working in the fields, I’ll always wear clogs”, says Feringa. Indeed, the footwear that were donated to the museum had been worn by the Professor that morning to do some gardening. Feringa even uses clogs as teaching devices, both inside and outside the Netherlands, to demonstrate the important of symmetry in nature.
Head of the museum, Jan Smits, is pleased with the new exhibit: “we have lots of exceptional objects in our museum, but these are both exceptional and local. As a Nobel prize winner, Ben is renowned across the world, but he still wears his clogs. This is further evidence that no-one is too big for the humble clog.”
The museum doesn’t just exhibit Dutch clogs, but also wooden shoes from across the world. It apparently has over 2,800 objects in its collection, and has been open since 1998. To plan a visit, check out the museum website.