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CITIES - sculptures and land art
Rotterdam - Groot IJsselmonde
In 1973 the city of Rotterdam commissioned me to make a proposal for a sculpture for a dodecagonal space which would be the inner garden of a new police station in the quarter Groot IJsselmonde of Rotterdam. The police station is situated next to the Lombardijen/Rotterdam railway station.
The blueprints of the building, showed that under this space there are two separate floors which are part of the construction of the building. This meant that it would not be possible to use plants without having to put them in containers. I sought for a solution which would have low maintenance to insure a sustainable result.
Two other Dutch sculptors, Teun Jacob and Ian Pieters, (who had been my teacher at the now Willen de Koning Art School in Rotterdam) were also asked to make proposals for this patio. Both submitted sculptural proposals. I immediately was attracted to the space as a vertical perforation through the building, making what is underneath visible. And in my first impression I first of all sketched a concept of the earth's crust viewed through the hole through the building and its floor. This would remain the basis of my further work for this project.