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Reaching for the Stars

The «Victory Work» is titled «Reaching for the Stars». A hollowed-out sphere, this object permits the viewer not only to look into its core, but to physically enter it. Its images mainly concern the history and future of South Africa: Nelson Mandela's hand, the fingers of which extend into further hands, reaches through the bars of his prison cell, a flower buds from the townships and children, playing football on a sheet of glass, celebrate a goal. Two massive players in gold and silver are covered with photographic scenes from the world cup, which become recognisable when viewed from a short distance.

Unlike its predecessors, this work was created not before, but during the world cup. This made it possible to include impressions of the actual events during the competition in its design.

It was the only one of the Victory works to be signed after the world cup final, rather than immediately before it.

Diameter: 2.50 m
Signed by the Spanish players

  1. Iker Casillas
  2. Pepe Reina
  3. Victor Valdes
  4. Raul Albiol
  5. Gerard Pique
  6. Carlos Marchena
  7. Sergio Ramos
  8. Alvaro Arbeloa
  9. Andres Iniesta
  10. Xavi
  11. Cesc Fabregas
  12. Xabi Alonso
  13. Sergio Busquets
  14. Javier Martinez
  15. David Silva
  16. Fernando Torres
  17. Juan Manuel Mata
  18. Pedro
  19. Fernando Llorente
  20. Jesus Navas

Coach: Vicente Del Bosque
Signed by the Dutch players

  1. Maarten Stekelenburg
  2. Michel Vorm
  3. Sander Boschker
  4. Gregory van der Wiel
  5. John Heitinga
  6. Joris Mathijsen
  7. Giovanni van Bronckhorst
  8. Khalid Boulahrouz
  9. André Ooijer
  10. Edson Braafheid
  11. Mark van Bommel
  12. Nigel de Jong
  13. Wesley Sneijder
  14. Demy de Zeeuw
  15. Stijn Schaars
  16. Ibrahim Afellay
  17. Rafael van der Vaart
  18. Dirk Kuyt
  19. Robin van Persie
  20. Arjen Robben
  21. Eljero Elia
  22. Ryan Babel
  23. Klaas Jan Huntelaar

Coach: Bert van Marwijk
Assistant coach: Phillip Cocu
Assistant coach: Dick Voorn