Boefje (1980) Tineke Nusink

Raphael Lachaud
About the artwork

Boefje is the gift of the St. Laurentius Student Association to the Municipality of Rotterdam in the context of the 13e anniversary of the association in 1979 and was unveiled in May of André van der Louw in 1980. Boefje was chosen as the theme for the anniversary, entitled Boefjemaintiendrai. Around 1900, the boy was left alone in a Rotterdam slum for a minor offense in prison. His experiences are described in the book of the same name by MJ Brusse from 1903 and is therefore placed opposite the Brussestraat. The book is also staged as a play in 1923 and filmed in 1939. Jan Brusse, son of the writer, discovered on a walk in 1989 that the statue had no nameplate. Since 1990 the statue has been provided with a nameplate. Boefje was made by sculptor Tineke Nusink and was part of the Art Plan Crooswijk to contribute to urban renewal. The Crooswijk art plan was a collaboration between the residents' organization, the City Renewal Project Office and CBK Rotterdam.

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About the artist

Tineke Nusink (Maassluis, 1951) studied from 1968 to 1974 at the art academy in Rotterdam. She is a sculptor and works mainly figuratively, with a preference for themes such as portraits, human figures and animals (poultry, sheep, dogs). Her figurative images are in public spaces in various Dutch municipalities.