PLEASE (1996) Henk Visch
The then director of the Kunsthal Wim van Krimpen placed this three-meter high statue of Henk Visch in the Museum Park. He had seen the statue at Galerie Fons Welters. When it turned out that the statue was not sold during the exhibition and was back in the studio of the artist, he bought the statue from Visch. Although it was agreed with the Municipality of Rotterdam that the Museum Park would remain free of images, Van Krimpen found the statue to fit in the park at the entrance to the Kunsthal. The statue was therefore placed at night without consultation, which owns the land. The bronze statue of two legs has the title PLEASE, which is a reference to 'au my legs'. The legs hang between standing and sitting and therefore they resemble the legs of a deep-seated skater. The feet are rooted in the earth, but the legs must withstand gravity.
Henk Visch's work (Eindhoven, 1950) is versatile and consists of drawings, graphics, abstract constructions and figurative sculptures. Visch makes massive wood sculptures, but also delicate structures, stylized human figures and humorous assemblies from the most diverse materials. Visch often combines language with image and adds poetic texts. Properties such as balance and balance, vulnerability and transience play an important role in Visch's sculpture.