In reaction to the wish of the city of The Hague to erect a monument for Thorbecke, Van Houwelingen makes a spectacular and fundamental proposal under the title What's Done ... Can Be Undone!
Amsterdam has a Thorbecke monument, The Hague has a Spinoza monument, Amsterdam wants a Spinoza monument to illustrate its cultural diversity and The Hague needs Thorbecke as reinforcement of its political status. The artist proposed the mutual dislocation of the Spinoza statue to Amsterdam and the Thorbecke statue to The Hague. This aimed to re-activate the two statues' ideological motivations, inquiring into their presence and lack, their necessity and counter-necessity, without simulating a contemporary homage to ‘founding fathers'. Van Houwelingen notes: "Amsterdam has a Thorbecke monument that belongs in The Hague, and The Hague has a Spinoza monument that would be more at home in Amsterdam. The present desire to revive attention for the respective heritages of Thorbecke and Spinoza could be satisfied if Amsterdam and The Hague were to decide on a statue swap. Redressing past errors in the commemoration of these two great Dutchmen would help place then in a contemporary light.”
The proposal is not accepted, yet in the framework of the 2011exhibition Until it stops resembling itself at Stroom Den Haag, both Baruch Spinoza and Johan Rudolph Thorbecke temporarily leave their sockets to contemplate the concept.