Beacon (1971) Per Abramsen & Rob Maingay
Visual artists Per Abramsen and Rob Maingay worked for six months on this four-ton illegal image. On April 15, 1971, the artwork was unveiled at the Groot IJsselmonde shopping center and was donated to the city residents. Abramsen and Maingay themselves distributed pamphlets to local residents, as waiting for the judgment of a specialized municipal committee was considered a waste of time. Just make that art, they thought. So they placed this sculpture of pipes and concrete without permission for the shopping center. The work is called Beacon. It is a strange and incomparable image that seems to be embraced by local residents. In practice it is regularly used to sit and talk to each other.
Per Abramsen (Rotterdam, 1941 - Rotterdam, 2018) lived and worked in Rotterdam and the south of France. He has exhibited in Marseille, Paris, Philadelphia, New York, Basel, Chicago and many Dutch museums. His work is in the collections of national and international museums. Abramsen works with a combination of constructed and organic shapes. Since 1990 he has been working with shadows, inspired by the bright light in the South of France. The interplay of light, shape and shadow is important in Abramsen's work. He has made several works in public space. He participated in various cultural committees and boards in Rotterdam and was chairman of the Professional Association of Visual Artists (BBK). As an artist he is associated with gallery RAM, for which he also designed the interior in 2001.