Achilles (1972) Willem Verbon

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About the artwork

Nursing home care 'Arkopolis' from the Humanitas foundation, a social organization for the elderly, is located on Achillesstraat in Schiebroek. The source plastic is in the park at the entrance Achilles made by the Rotterdam artist Willem Verbon. The work was made in the percentage scheme for the construction of the care institution in 1972. Verbon has made many works in his realistic style, several of them commissioned or on his own initiative for the public space of Rotterdam. Achilles is an important hero in the Trojan War in Greek mythology and the main character in the book Iliad from Homer. He describes Achilles as the most beautiful, the bravest, the strongest and the most exalted of all heroes.

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About the artist

Willem Verbon (Rotterdam, 1921-2003) attended classes at the evening academy in the 1930s. Immediately after the war, Verbon was commissioned to create a monument in honor of the Royal Air Force. He was offered a post-graduate scholar ship by the British government and left for London for a few years. In the early years of 50, Verbon returned to Rotterdam, where he moved into a studio in the Oranjeboomstraat. Verbon sculpted various statues and monuments for important people from Rotterdam and members of the Royal Family. A lot of his work can be found in Rotterdam.

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