09 Jun 2017

Captain Katrien Devos’ grandfather, Florent Devos (1922-1997) was a well-known artist in the city of Ronse, also our Captain’s birthplace. He was specialised in bronze statues. Many are still part of Ronse’s streetscape (Glorieux statue, the bommels wall, King Albert I, …). After his death, he was recognized in Ronse with a birth certificate sign at the house where he was born, and even with a street name, the ‘Florent Devos straat’. A couple of years ago, a museum focussed on his works in particular and there is a city walk through Ronse that passes along some of his work.


Apart from bronze, Florent was also great at working with wood. 50 years ago, he made this wooden piece below. José Devos, Florent’s son and Katrien’s father, painted it in HRbuilders’ company colours and gave it to his daughter. We are proud to now have it as part of our office boat, which is now even more synonymous with HRbuilders and Katrien’s entrepreneurial dream.

The only issue is… the work has no name. Since Captain Katrien shared a photo of the piece on her Facebook account and unveiled it at our HRbuilders HR freelancers barbecue, so many people gave us their suggestions: Hermes, The Serendipity Tree, Connecting, Block Builders, Systematic Chaos, …(click the photo to relive the unveiling of the piece)


Feel free to share your ideas below! On Monday, June 12, the #dreamteam together with José Devos will take a vote and pick a name. Expect a nice surprise if your name gets chosen ;-).

Until then, you are very welcome on the office boat for a nice cup of coffee and a chance to see the statue in real life. 

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