In the center of the village of Oegstgeest, a more than 9-meter-high figurative sculpture is standing on top of a large hill. Both of the figure’s legs are sticking up in the air as if he has just fallen from the sky. With his head and ears down to the ground, the monumental figure seems to listening to the earth beneath him, where the remains were found of an ancient fortress. In this place where the first settlement of Oegstgeest was situated, the sculpture tells little tales about the history of the village.
For this artwork, the Storyteller, all the residents of the village were invited to tell their stories and memories of growing up and living in Oegstgeest. Some stories are from the village’s past and others are more recent; sometimes they are funny and sometimes emotional. Thus, right on this spot where the remains of the first settlement were found, the artwork The Storyteller tells the story of Oegstgeest and shows in an a imaginative way that the present does not appear out of the blue, but has arisen from the past.