Bep van Klaveren (1992) Willem Verbon

Otto Snoek
About the artwork

Bep van Klaveren grew up in Crooswijk and is the largest boxer the Netherlands has ever known. The Dutch Windmill was Olympic featherweight boxing champion in 1928 and he became European champion in 1931 and 1938. This image was created in 1992 on the occasion of the death of Van Klaveren at the age of 84. The statue, made by sculptor Willem Verbon, was unveiled by Theo Huizenaar, a former boxing promoter and Van Klaveren's trainer for years. Bep van Klaveren was brought about by a large collection campaign among residents and the municipality of Rotterdam also contributed a part. In 2001, the 78 meter-high Queen's Tower was built a few meters away from the statue.

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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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