Twan Verdonck, Neo Human Toys. Hingeling (music bird), from the Boezels collection (Prototype). 2001

Twan Verdonck, Neo Human Toys Hingeling (music bird), from the Boezels collection (Prototype) 2001

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The Boezels are a series of seventeen fuzzy toys designed for mentally challenged children. Sensorial stimulation in a relaxing environment has proven to have beneficial effects, encouraging the learning process and reducing anxiety. The recipients of these toys also participate actively in their creation, as Verdonck has established a workshop in the day care center De Wisselstroom, in the Netherlands. Suitable for all children, these abstract objects leave room for the imagination: they may be transformed into a range of characters that widens with individual interpretation, opening up countless possibilities for narrative.

Gallery label from Born out of Necessity, March 2, 2012–January 28, 2013.
Prototype by Twan Verdonck, and Frans Verdonck
Polyurethane, rope, and music box
7 7/8 x 12 1/4 x 6 1/4" (20 x 31 x 16 cm)
Dorothy Cullman Purchase Fund
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© 2023 Twan Verdonck
Architecture and Design

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