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The sculpture perpendicular planes, homage to Oud and van Doesburg - architect J.J.P. Oud and artist Theo van Doesburg. This sculpture is one of the site specific sculptures and environmental sculpture in cities and public art by the Finnish / Dutch sculptor Lucien den Arend. It is installed on the Rotterdam Marconiplein, which is one of the busiest squares - actually intersections - of the city.
Nearby, the housing project 'Spangen' inspired the sculptor to dedicate it to the archtitect J.J.P. Oud and the artist Theo van Doesburg, who designed the integrated art. He did not make sculptures but used the steel, stone and glass, which was used as building materials, to give new meaning to old conventions.
With the sculpture near this site, the sculptor used his geometric language to evoke the sense of the 'new building' (het nieuwe bouwen) theories to create a monumental public sculpture which was specific to the site and integrated into urban life.
|MARCONIPLEIN||1983-87 - Homage to Oud and van Doesburg - perpendicular planes, constructed concrete sculpture, Marconiplein, Rotterdam NL|
|the MARCONI SQUARE||sculpture|
|Lucien den Arendsculptor||
homage to Oud and van Doesburg" architedt J.J.P. Oud and artist Theo van
of the sculpture
The construction workers spent all day erecting the sculpture. This
man looked like a bronco buster when fastening fifteen bolts which were
to keep the construction together
|In 1918-1919 the artist
Théo van Doesburg
designed the stained glass windows above the doors of the Spangen housing
project - blocks I and V - designed by Architect J.J.P. Oud.
The geometric abstract qualities of these windows inspired Lucien den Arend to dedicate perpendicular planes to Oud and van Doesburg. At the time perpendicular planes was being installed these windows were still in place in Spangen which is below the dike on which the Marconiplein is located.