"Wall of Honor" (detail) by Jaap Bongers, engraved black granite and cast bronze, honoring deceased Fremont Police officers. Owned by City of Fremont.
Mr. Bongers earned his master's degree from the Jan Van Eyck Academy of Fine Arts in Maastricht, Holland. After receiving a grant from the Dutch government to study tribal art in Africa, Mr. Bongers stayed with pygmies in Zaire. While there, a viral infection caused the temporary loss of his eyesight and that experience influenced his work greatly. Jaap Bongers moved to California from Holland in 1986 and has lived here since then. His work has been exhibited in solo and group shows here and in Europe.