The first one is called The Player and was commissioned for a square where people can sit and children can play.
It was placed in 2014.
De Jong based The Player on a court jester,
the one who could ridicule everything and everybody including the highest in power,
but who was also tolerated and protected by the highest in power.
That gives The Player a more or less ambiguous character.
Though it has lost much of its original colour in two years time, it is still a powerful image.
The other work was placed only this month in the town centre and is called Dutch Mechanisms.
He based the sculpture on the bloodthirsty and orgiastic murder of Dutch statesman Johan de Witt and his brother by an Orangist mob in 1672, linking the murder to present day populism and abuse of power.
He used a 3D copy of a tongue and of a finger of the brothers, still preserved at The Hague Historical Museum.
Dutch Mechanisms is part of the public Sculpture gallery in the town centre.
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Contents of the pictures courtesy Folkert de Jong