To mark the 25th anniversary of the City of Almere in 2009, the Province of Flevoland offered the city a piece of art, In early 2011 the people of Almere chose local artist "Siemen Bolhuys" to create the artwork. It is a bronze statue of 4 meters long and 2,60 meters high with a hand lifting a stylized ship. It depicts the history of Almere and the Zuiderzee, (Southern Sea). "The ship is a symbol of the city of Almere, which is supported by the people, says the artist.
The deeper symbolism of the image reveals itself when people themselves lie down in the hand under the ship and expierence the feeling of security. The name of the artwork is in dutch "Voortvarend", a bit difficult to translate in english as it has a double meaning, "sailing" and "expeditious".