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The Kings’ Fence around the Kings Tree 2011-2019

Secret assignment for the inauguration of King Willem-Alexander in 2013


In honor of this, a King’s Tree was planted in each of the 408 Dutch communities. This was an initiative of the foundation:‘Nationale Boomfeestdag’ and the ‘Oranjebond’. Margot Berkman was given the secret assignment to design and realize a finely decorated fence for the Royal Family in 2011.

King Willem-Alexander planted on April 23, 2013 in the presence of mayor J.J. van Aartsen the first Royal tree in the Transvaal district park in The Hague. He was assisted by a number of children from group 6 of the Comenius school in that district.


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Alghe Galleggianti 2016

Measurements: 3,5 m x 1,2 m (ensemble of 2 pieces)


Underwater dancing, floating seaweed gives oxygen. 


‘Alghe Galleggianti’ is a balustrade for a villa by the sea. 


The artwork ‘Alghe Gallegianti’ was festively revealed by Kees van Twist, former director of the Groninger Museum. Katja Rodenburg, philosopher and exhibition curator, presented her lecture ‘Born from the sea’.




Royal Damask 2013

Having dinner with King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maximá – Royal Damask 2013

The table linen ‘Koningsdamast’ was made on the occasion of the inauguration of King Willem-Alexander in 2013. Together with a beautifully hand-crafted book, it was presented to the royal couple during an intimate reception at the Cobra Museum on King’s Day in Amstelveen.


A limited edition was sold at the Textile Museum Tilburg. The book ‘Koningsdamast’ has been added to the Royal Library in the Hague. For more information please contact me through


‘I feel very honored with this assignment. I love working in a tradition and I like to inspire me for my monumental art commissions by museum collections as a source of knowledge and history. In the TextielMuseum I have woven this royal shiny white linen with the skilled craftsmen of the TextielLab ‘.

The motifs of the orange tree, the crown and the scepter, which I used earlier in the design of the decorative fence for the Royal tree, form the basis for the design of the royal damask. Dining is about being together, making connections, about good conversations in a relaxed atmosphere and about socializing. About the King and the Queen together. I have searched for the connecting motive to represent the influence, love and passion of Queen Máxima. For me, that is the sun: as a symbol from the arms of Argentina, but especially because her strong personality radiates warmth and passion. Without sun, the blossom does not grow. Together with King Willem-Alexander she gives our country a new and powerful shine. I hope that the linen Royal Damask will radiate that “.




Fucus Vesiculosus Bar 2011

Measurements: 6,3 m x 1,5 m


On 11 March 2011, the nuclear disaster in Fukushima took place. All life in the nearby sea died.


When I walk along the North Sea beach I often find ‘Fucus Vesiculosus’ (bladderwrack). Because of the bladders, the algae keeps upright when it is under water. Breathtaking shapes in all sorts of sizes. The symbolic meaning, shape and transparency is a source of inspiration for cut out and painted studies.


The corten steel is rusted, colored from deep brown to bright orange with shapes of bladderwrack and air bubbles that are laser cut out of the steel. In the evening, the algae and the air bubbles light up through the LED lighting behind. On the wall you can see the algae.


De Liefdesbrief © Berkman en Janssens 2007 Delft

The city entrance of Delft near A13 and IKEA has acquired a poetic identity with this artwork of Berkman en Janssens.



In the public space an assembly of different elements can be seen with an area of ​​5000 m2. The artwork consists of 10 shiny white steel sculptures (h = 2,5m), black and white checkered natural stone embankments and 24 decorated pillars and lighting. Artists duo Berkman and Janssens designed and realized more than 30 artworks for public area from 1996-2010.


Sources of inspiration: the paintings by Johannes Vermeer, ‘the Love Letter’ from the Rijksmuseum, historic Delft blue tiles and the ‘la Dame a la Licorne’ carpet series from Museé de Cluny in Paris. The warm color red, which symbolizes love and the suggestive perspective from Vermeer’s work can be found in the painted pillars under the highway. The white sculptures are inspired by the animals on the carpet series ‘La Dame a la Licorne’ and 17th-century Delft blue tiles.


The artwork was unveiled on 20 September 2007 by Lian Merkx,  Anders Westney (director IKEA), and Folkert Post (chief engineer-director Rijkswaterstaat Zuid-Holland)