On a high column along the busy highway between the cities of Leeuwarden and Groningen, a confidently striding human figure is silhouetted against the cloudy sky above the flat land. Acting as a large weathervane, the sculpture always shows the figure walking against the direction of the wind, which is indicated by a large arrow.
When the wind blows from the west, one can read the text ‘That Way’ and when the wind is coming from the east, the text reads ‘This way’ on the side of the arrow.
Despite the firm steps with which the figure walks, the direction he is heading in changes continuously with the changing of the wind. It may prompt the rushing passers-by to question the need for their haste.
The artwork Wolkenwandelaar marks the entrance to the village and highlights in a lighthearted manner the peace and magic of the vast Groningen countryside with its impressive cloudy skies and ever-blowing wind.