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Sjouke's Golem

Submitter: Andre Gunst
Description: In Jewish folklore, a Golem (/ˈɡoʊləm/ GOH-ləm; Hebrew: גולם‎‎) is an animated anthropomorphic being that is magically created entirely from inanimate matter (specifically clay or mud, i.e. Silicon Oxide). There are many tales differing on how the Golem was brought to life and afterwards controlled (Wikipedia).

At 14 November Sjouke Zwier retired. In his farewell speech he was wondering and contemplating if he would be forgotten. He wanted to make sure that was not going to happen. Therefore, he made a piece of art together with Gijs Schoonderbeek. The material used consists of the electronic boards (lots of Silicon) developed by him and others from the digital and embedded signal processing group during all those years. It has become a real masterpiece and eyecatcher in front of the digital lab, that makes everybody smile.

Sjouke was right in saying "during tours through the building, they cannot deny it". Since his retirement, a tour through the building takes 5 minutes longer because we have to explain the masterpiece to visitors before we can enter the digital lab.

The impact is perhaps even more severe than he had thought. The masterpiece stands around a corner and every morning when I walk to my office it scares me because I think a person is standing there. So, every day we are remembering Sjouke Zwier and what a special person he is.

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