ORANJESTAD – On Monday afternoon, Prime Minister Evelyn Wever-Croes visited the roundabout at Eagle Beach to admire the ‘triquetra’ artwork that has been installed as a tribute to the first inhabitants of the country of Aruba. The Prime Minister expressed her excitement at being able to see such a large, beautiful, and well-crafted piece of art that adorns our island’s landscape and is considering all citizens and visitors. Many pass by the roundabout to admire this artwork, and some even descend to take photographs.
The triquetra turtles are particularly unique, as they come to Aruba to lay their eggs and return after many years. The hatchlings born here also return to Aruba to lay their eggs, thus continuing the circle. It was chosen to place this artwork near Eagle Beach, where the turtles traditionally come to lay their eggs.
“It was an impressive moment to witness a triquetra coming ashore in the early hours of the morning to lay its eggs, and even more impressive is when you have the honor of seeing the tiny turtles being born. Foremost, I want to express my gratitude to our local artist, Gilbert Senchi, and the ARTiosa team for creating an immensely beautiful work of art for our beloved island of Aruba,” the Prime Minister expressed.
The Prime Minister also thanked the Aruba Tourism Authority (ATA), UNOCA, and TPEF for contributing funds to bring this to fruition, as well as everyone else who, in one way or another, provided their support. She also remembered Mr. Alex Nieuwmeyer with fondness, who always had the desire to bring this artwork to Aruba. “I hope that this triquetra artwork reminds us of the resilience, strength, and love that each of us holds for our beautiful island,” Prime Minister Wever-Croes stated.