Jeremy Deller


Ask the Animals, and They Will Teach You




Van Bunnenplein,

Ask the Animals, and They Will Teach You

Collaboration characterises the artistic practice of Jeremy Deller. Involving communities in his art lends his work a political content and he radically undermines the idea of the artist as individual genius. Take for example The Battle of Orgreave from 2001, one of Deller´s best-known works, in which he replays a confrontation between striking miners and police officers in Thatcher´s England. A staging that Deller directed together with people who were actually present during the battle in 1984.

For Beaufort 21, Deller is installing his giant chameleon attraction, in Knokke-Heist. As a sculpture and slide for children, this work formulates an alternative to the tradition of monuments which are generally very serious, often refer to historical events and sometimes even exult in sheer heroism. In place of that Deller pays homage to one of the oldest creatures on Earth, the chameleon. Chameleon fossils suggest that chameleons have already been living on Earth for around sixty million years. "There´s something magical about chameleons," says Deller, "they can do things we can only dream of and are the most beautiful creatures on the planet. We have to worship them."

The chameleon is slowly disappearing throughout the world, probably as a result of climate change, although this is not the main theme in Deller´s work. His focus lies on inviting children to use the slide and glide off the long tongue. With this he wants to counter the idea that art in the public space can only fulfil a decorative or commemorative function.

The slide can only be used by children under the age of 12.

Chameleon Challenge

Chameleons are unrivalled when it comes to playing hide-and-seek.
By constantly adapting their skin colour, they merge with their environment.
Would you like to help us find the ones hiding in Knokke-Heist?

Good luck, chameleon detective!


Van Bunnenplein,

Close by: 
- Coastal tram stop Knokke Zoutelaan

- Bicycle network 
junction 68

- Walking network
junction 23

Read more about the artist on Beaufort Fundaments

UK, °1966

Participation, collaboration and participation are central to Jeremy Deller's art. His work reveals his interest in the hidden social history of the mainstream audience. Exhibitions (selection): 2020 Bonner Kunstverein (solo); 2020 Centre Pompidou Metz2020 Copenhagen Art Centre; 2017 Munster Skulpturprojekte; 2017 MOCA Cleveland (solo); 2012 WIELS, Brussels (solo); 2008 Palais de Tokyo, Paris (solo). Jeremy Deller represented England at the 2013 Venice Biennale. He was decorated with the English RSA Albert Medal in 2010 and won the Turner Prize in 2004.