On August 1, 1721, the Dutch explorer Jacob Roggeveen left with three ships to discover the South. Starting point: the Rede van Texel. On Easter Sunday, April 5, 1722, they accidentally discovered Easter Island (3,700 kilometers off the coast of Chile).
Because of this history, artist Niek Welboren went to Easter Island. He became very impressed with the mysterious island with its giant statues and made over eighty drawings there. Therefore, together with the Easter Island board, he made sure that the best sculptor from Easter Island came to Texel. Bene Aukara Tuki Pate made a sculpture from a 6000 kilo chunk of tuff as a symbol of the bond between the two islands.'The Dreamer of Rapa Nui' stands near the 'Eilandgalerij' and looks in the direction of Easter Island.