Beer (1985) Robbert Jan F. Donker
Artist Robbert Jan F. Donker was a figurative sculptor from Rotterdam, who has depicted many animal scenes. These bronze Beer fits well within the artist's oeuvre. The artwork was completed in the mid-80s in honor of the new construction of the Montesorrischool Kralingen. The playful statue stands in front of the entrance to the school and blends in well with its environment. The bear lies with its paws and head on the ground, giving the statue the shape of a slide. The Beer has a high touchability factor, which makes the artwork appeal to a wide audience.
Robbert Jan Donker (Amsterdam, 1943 - Rotterdam, 2016) studied at the Academy of Visual Arts in Rotterdam from 1960 to 1965. These years turned him into a 'native Rotterdammer' with a great fondness for the Kralingen district. The work of sculptor Donker is characterized by the creation of human figures, reliefs and especially animal figures in bronze and stone.