Arc shape with rainbow (1983) Ian Pieters
Since 1983, a six-meter-high stainless steel work of art has been standing on the schoolyard of the Roman Catholic Primary School 'De Regenboog'. It was created by Ian Pieters, a versatile artist who has practiced all kinds of styles. The work is prominent on the square, the arch shape stands out to a large extent. The shape is in keeping with the aesthetics of the 1980s: an abstract construction that must be seen as a reaction to the rectilinear architectural environment. The vertical form is a recurring element in Pieters' oeuvre, for example the monument to the poet Leopold in de Doelen. The colors of the rainbow were painted on the stainless steel. The work was made in the percentage scheme in the construction of the school.
Ian Jacob Pieters (Rotterdam, 1925 - Rhoon, 2020) was a Dutch sculptor and medalist and studied at the Academy of Visual Arts Rotterdam. His working life spanned from 1940 to 1996 and mainly took place in Rotterdam. Initially he worked a lot in bronze, but from the eighties he specialized in environmental design. He taught at the Academy of Architecture in Rotterdam. On the occasion of its eightieth birthday, Museum Beelden aan Zee organized a retrospective exhibition in 2005.