This piece of granite, during one of the ice-ages pushed to the moors surrounding Amersfoort from Scandinavia, was already mentioned in 1545 in an official state-document during Charles V’s reign. In 1661 it was dragged to Amersfoort’s Pig-market by 400 citizens and buried there in 1674. Excavated in 1903 it was placed on top of the present pedestal in 1954. The nickname for Amersfoort, Keistad (Boulder-city), originates in this boulder, ‘De Amersfoortse Kei’ (The Amersfoort Boulder). The boulder was, controlled by a notary, weighed in 1990. Result: 7,157 tonnes. Converted in stone (very appropriate indeed!): 1127 (and a negligible bit more - not all conversion-sites provide the same result!).
This statue is visible in the background of the boulder-picture. It is called ‘Op Schoot in Amersfoort’ (Sitting on someone’s lap in Amersfoort). To be honest we had passed both the boulder and the statue – and never noticed the boulder. Shame on us! One tends to think that this represents someone trying to lift the boulder. Not. Our (weak) excuse: we are always fully concentrated on entering a coffee-shop -yes, a real one!- called ‘Bagels & Beans’, partly visible in the background between the boulder and the statue on the first picture.