Aurora (1990) Leen Droppert

photo Otto Snoek
About the artwork

On Friday, July 16, 2021, this work of art Aurora (1990) by the Vlaardingen artist Leen Droppert unveiled in Little C. The Corten steel vertical sculpture named after Aurora, the Roman goddess of the dawn, is a gift from two residents to the management association of Little C. They bought the sculpture from Droppert in 1990 and placed it in their garden in Schipluiden. Thirty years later they moved to Little C and did not want to leave the statue behind. In collaboration with Cor Geluk (CULD), urban planner at Little C, the statue was replaced in a Corten steel planter and within sight of the former owners' new apartment. The statue was unveiled by their granddaughter. In 2018, Droppert donated a second copy of this statue to hospice De Margriet in Vlaardingen.

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About the artist

Leen Droppert (Vlaardingen, 1930 – Vlaardingen, 2022) studied at the Amsterdam Graphic School during the day and at the Art Academy in Rotterdam in the evenings. From the early 1950s he has been working as a visual artist and spatial designer, often in Rotterdam and the surrounding area. It Geuzen monument (1983) in memory of the Geuzen resistance group on the Markt in Vlaardingen is his best-known work. Droppert completed it in 2008 Flood pile project Vettenoordse Polder also in Vlaardingen: four flood poles, which indicate the water level of the storm surge of 1775. In 2020, the Museum Vlaardingen organized a retrospective exhibition for his ninetieth birthday and seventy years of artistry.

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